God Speaks, We Just Don’t Listen

Do I believe in God?

Yes, very much so.

Do I believe God speaks to me?

You bet.

I believe that God speaks to all of us every day.

We just don’t listen.

I don’t believe God speaks to us as most people would envision it.  I don’t think it’s like hearing voices in your head or like Charlton Heston in the Ten Commandments.  We expect way too much in life to be like the movies.  It’s the wrong point of reference.

God is not the booming voice from out of the clouds giving you explicit instructions on how to conduct your life.  God speaks to us every day but we are too caught up in ourselves to see it or hear it.

God places signs in front of us every day.

It may be as non-eventful as reading a phrase in a book that clicks in your head unlocking the understanding of a situation.  You may read that same phrase ten times or one hundred times and never get the message that is being passed to you.

You’re too self-absorbed or looking in the wrong place.

You have probably been through the exercise where you watch a video of a group of people passing a basketball.   You are asked to count how many times a person in a white shirt passes the ball.

If not stop here, read no further and watch this video.

OK now read on.

Half way through the video a person in a gorilla suit walks right through the middle of the group of people who are passing the basketball.  The gorilla stops and thumps its chest a few times and then walks off.

Most people who watch this video are so intent on doing as instructed and counting how many times a person in white passes the ball that they never see the gorilla that was front and center in the video.

It’s called “inattentional blindness”

You are so absorbed in the task of counting passes you actually miss a gorilla in the room.

I believe God speaks to us every day but we miss it.  It’s as plain as a gorilla in the room but we’re so absorbed in our life and thoughts that we miss it.

I know I do.

Sometimes you actually do see God talking to you but you deny it or pass it off with some rationalization that makes you feel good because it’s not what you want to hear.

If you do see it and believe it, then how do you know what God is trying to say?

I think that comes through experience, through living your life as honestly as possible.

Don’t let the devil misconstrue what is being said to you.

Do I believe in the devil?

You bet.

I miss a lot of signs and words from God but I sure see a lot of temptations from the devil.

Unfortunately sometimes I realize the temptation after I was weak and undisciplined.  I allowed myself to sin.

So again throw the movie crap out the window, no pitchforks, horns, hoofs and pointy tails.

This is very subtle but powerful stuff.

It’s all part of living and learning.

© Otis P Smith and About the Groove, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Otis P Smith and About the Groove with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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