Hearing God’s voice is like breathing; we can all do it. The Pharisees and Sadducees couldn’t understand Jesus, yet the ordinary people were able to connect with Him. It wasn’t the particularly ‘spiritual’ people, but the honest and willing people who were able to discern and respond to God.
There is a story of a woman who had many broken relationships and who lived with her boyfriend. She probably didn’t have much experience with hearing God’s voice. One day she went to get water and she met Jesus! Her normal day could have continued to be normal, but she recognized the moment.
If she responded by continuing her chore she would have missed the window. But instead, this ‘unspiritual’ lady discerned that this was not a normal moment. God had given her a window and she needed to catch it.
She left her water jar at the well for something greater and went into town to call the people.
Earlier that day she had come to the well with a physical need for water, but she also carried within her heart a deep thirst for more. She had learned to live with this unquenchable need, but now Jesus filled her thirst! She was so impacted that she put aside her natural need and went ahead to share this new satisfying water.
The Sadducees and Pharisees had spent their lives learning the law of God, yet they could not see like this ‘unspiritual’ woman. This lady understood the weight of a window moment. She relinquished her normal day in order to catch the new window that God had provided.
Windows from heaven flash through time, if we don’t catch them, they may not come again. Often when ‘God opportunities’ arise we may be unsure how to respond…here are some keys:
1. Step into faith: If we continue life as normal until we know a clear plan, we may miss the window because most often a plan will not be clear until we step into the window by faith.
2. Respond to God’s invitation: God will anoint our stepping out even when it’s not perfect. If we wait for God to pull us into the window we may wait forever, because when God shows us a window He invites us to respond next. Our honest response will open the window and let heaven in!
3. Be flexible: Often we are called to set aside normal life and reschedule our plans for a season in order to catch the window.
Jesus wept these words over Jerusalem:
“The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:43-44)
Do you recognize heaven’s windows in your life past or present? How have you responded to these God-portunities?
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