When our hearts are in tune with God, we have a heightened awareness to His quiet whispers and gentle nudges. And boy, oh boy, life gets exciting when we respond.
Last summer, while traveling by train in Poland, I “happened” to share a berth with a man named Alexander. I sensed the divine nudge to tell him about Jesus, so I began looking for the right moment in our conversation. Lo and behold, it came within a couple of minutes when he asked me why I came to Poland. Then he told me that he was an atheist.
“That’s too bad,” I said. He raised his eyebrows in surprise. “You see, God loves you and has a purpose for your life. That’s probably why I’m on this train…today…and so are you. This was no coincidence. He wants to communicate something to you, and He sent me here to deliver the message.” A wonderful conversation about spiritual things followed. Alexander didn’t commit his life to Christ that day, but I believe a seed was planted in his heart and God will water it.
The story of Philip and the treasurer of Ethiopia in Acts 8 is another illustration of divine nudges. Philip’s heart was in tune with God, and he heard the command to “Go south.” He obeyed. Then he saw the Ethiopian sitting in his carriage and heard the command to “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” He obeyed. A wonderful conversation about spiritual things followed, and the Ethiopian placed his faith in Jesus Christ as a result.
Since my last post about having a tuned-in heart, I’ve prayed frequently for God to make this characteristic true of me and my family members. I want to partner with Him where He’s at work. Do you? Today, if you hear God’s voice or feel His nudge, dive in and see what happens!