Imagine if there was a physical warning sign that popped up in front of our face the moment before we made a bad decision. I wonder. Would we listen to it or would we still proceed as normal? How many snafu’s have occurred in our lives due to the fact that we didn’t recognize or purposely ignored the warning signs?
I have jumped over and around so many of those signs in my life, only to find myself looking back and seeing that they were clearly posted. Did I adopt a temporary, self-induced blindness? Was I filled with pride and selfishness? Did I jump over and push these obstacles aside with only my own goals in sight? Guilty of all of the above. There may not have been physical stop signs put in my path, but due to the lack of stopping, thinking, and praying by the moment, I jumped into many a pool without water.
As a woman of faith, I know the voice of my heavenly Father. I get that ‘this ain’t right Sueziq’ feeling in the pit of my heart from the Holy Spirit. I asked for this guidance. Accepted this as truth in my life and still have set it aside and forged forward on my own. Ha, I say forward, but each wrong decision either stopped me in my tracks or took me on a long sideways path.
Yesterday, while speaking with my sister on the phone, I heard her gasp mid-sentence. She had the television on in the background and the face of a man that had just assaulted two young girls and had been apprehended had flashed on the screen. After she had gathered herself for a moment, she explained to me in a shaky voice that this was the man that she had an encounter with just a few months ago. As a Real Estate agent, she has to make many judgement calls. This was one of them.
This man had engaged her services to show him some properties in a remote area of town. When speaking with him on the phone, she had a bit of a leap in her heart and felt that something was off. She asked her husband to go with her. Even with her husband there, the man had some quirks that were expressed out loud. He made some offhanded remarks about how smart she was to bring someone with her due to the fact that she was so pretty.
There were a couple of dogs barking at the property and the man exclaimed that he was afraid of dogs and decided to not get out of the truck to view the property. In his anger at the animals, he offhandedly stated that he had a gun in the car and would take the dogs out if they attacked. Unfortunately, the next time that a property came available to view, she was unable to find anyone to assist her, so she decided to go alone. What transpired in those next few minutes saved her life.
She followed protocol and let the office know where she was, who she was showing the property to and what time she arrived. She related this information to the client when they pulled up to the property. Being in a remote area, with a large piece of property to view, the guy suggested that she accompany him in his truck and they could view the property together. At this moment, that little voice inside gave a scream. When she thanked him, but refused and stated that she didn’t feel that was appropriate, he then suggested that due to his bum leg, she go and check out the house herself and let him know if it was a fit.
With her heart beating, she walked up to the porch and then stopped. Looked at him in his truck and knew that the next decision she made could be a matter of life and death. She didn’t know how she knew, but she acknowledged that stop sign, the warning signal. She didn’t go into the house. She walked down the steps to her car, hurriedly letting the man know that this was not the property for him and that she would continue looking. She got in her car, locked the door and proceeded to leave. Now, as she viewed the screen with his face looming large as life in front of her, she began to shake with the knowledge of her decision. She had made the right one.
John 10:3-5 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Knowing your Father’s voice is essential, listening to it is vital. He has given us a way in which to adhere to His guidance. If you have a shovel in hand and feel that it’s time for action, call Him before you dig.
Creatively His, Sue:)