“Mommy! I need finger cuts!” Gabriel yelled as he came running into the living room. He must have known from the confused look on my face that I had no idea what he was talking about. He repeated himself “Finger cuts! I need finger cuts, Mommy!” No light bulbs were going off and he was getting more and more frustrated with every repetition. Finally, I asked him to show me. As he held up his hand to show me his fingernail I caught on; he was asking to have his fingernails cut.
Gabriel’s at the age where conversations like this are common. The poor little guy is trying to tell me what he needs using the plethora of new words he’s learning every day, but he doesn’t quite get it right. Or I’m too dim to catch on. Considering his maturity and my ever-advancing state of pregnancy, I’m willing to bet it’s a bit of both.
As I relayed this little conversation to Josh, I had a thought: how often does God try to communicate with us, but we’re too dim witted to pick up what He’s putting down? He’s speaking pretty clearly, using words we know and understand, but for whatever reason we miss His point. I’m afraid I miss His point pretty frequently. God’s simple instructions to me to write for Encourage Squad involved about two months of my misinterpreting His pretty clear communication.
Whenever God wants to tell me something he always does it at 3:00 am. It makes sense, that’s the only time of day I’m guaranteed to not be distracted. This particular early morning He told me I wasn’t done with Words For Wives, the monthly gathering of women in Bozeman, who come together to hear words of wisdom for their marriage relationships. I had played music for the gatherings up until we moved to California. I kind of had an inkling this was the case as Maggie and I had been talking since the move about our big dreams for our respective ministries. We’ve both always had huge visions and huger goals of what we want to accomplish for the Kingdom. That’s probably what drew us to team up, and I think I can speak for both of us when I say neither of us felt we were done working together. First thing the next morning I texted Maggie and told her I thought I was supposed to start a Words For Wives down here in the Bay Area. She immediately gave me her blessing, and I started brainstorming.
It didn’t take long for me to realize I don’t have the connections to make Words For Wives happen down here, at least not on my own. After speaking to a few friends who said they would love to help, but still not finding just the right person, I set the idea aside and forgot about it.
Almost exactly two months later I got a text from Maggie asking if I’d be willing to write for Encourage Squad. I immediately remembered our earlier conversation, and my early morning with God, and put two and two together. This is what He meant! Why didn’t He just say so? Poor Maggie was probably confused by my immediate yes. I usually pray things over before committing, but this time there was no need. God had been telling me to do it for months, I just didn’t know what it was!
I guess the lesson here, at least for me, is to move on what you think God’s trying to tell you, but don’t stop listening! You may be heading in the right direction, but down the wrong street. If you just keep your heart open to his guidance, he’ll set you right eventually, always in his perfect timing. In his wisdom, God prepped me months ahead of time so that when Maggie’s call came I would be prepped to go. He may be prepping you for something too, so don’t stop listening!
You can see more from Lindsey Heinemann at www.lindseyheinemann-christianlifecoach.com