A while back I was praying about being quiet and trying to listen to hear what God had to say to me. I realized that I can usually shut out the nonsense and daily life stuff fairly well, but then end up filling my mind with my own words, thought, and such of praying – sometimes even trying to manufacture feelings or create a mental image of somewhere peaceful. I may have cleared one type of ‘chatter’ only to replace it with another! As I explored that, I realized that I often find myself judging thoughts and words that come to me as ‘distractions’ and pushing them aside because they seem too ‘normal’ to have come from God, so they must be from my own mind or perhaps from the enemy to ‘distract’ me.
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to think that God is not concerned with all the mundane, daily life stuff we have to deal with in day to day life. We often think that something we are worried or concerned about is not “holy” or “spiritual” enough for God to share our concern about it. I have come to realize that this just isn’t true. God loves us and wants to be intimately involved in every part of our lives.
Could those ‘distracting’ thoughts or ideas of how to deal with something actually be from Him, trying to help me when I am too stubborn to come to Him for help with, something I think is too insignificant to bother Him about? Something to consider. Just maybe those thoughts and ideas I’m trying to ‘clear out’ so I can listen, are actually God trying to show me possible solutions, but because they seem like logical ideas that I came up with on my own, I don’t recognize His voice when He IS speaking to me. What do you think?