There’s something miraculous about a well-timed word. This week I’ve been the recipient of a few of those life-giving gems. No less than three friends have sent encouraging texts to me. The dings alerting me to those texts were mouth dropping in their timing. Each content of those texts was on point to what I was doing or where my mind was sitting at the time my friends chose to press “send”. Three living examples of walking with God. Three out-of-the-park home runs as a result of swinging the bat when the Holy Spirit told them to swing the bat. (Can you tell it’s baseball season)?
One great way to become aware of when you’re being told to be the bearer of a good word is to practice being aware of when God is delivering a good word to you.
I’ve got a thing for birds. When I’m working (or goofing off) on my computer I’m facing the French doors to our little patio. God catches my attention with birds flitting into the patio. Early this morning a mourning dove visited shortly after I read a devotional meditation. In retrospect she may have been calling me to linger. Later in the morning I was letting myself be led from one social media post to another. It was then that 2 gorgeous blue jays came to rest in our patio. Jesus and I have an agreement that goes way back: when birds get my attention, he’s calling me out. He’s bearing a good word. Time to stop and listen.
How does he call you out? Sometimes he’s calling you out of your busyness; sometimes he’s calling you out of your stupor (like he did for me this morning); sometimes he’s calling you out of your worry; sometimes he’s calling you out of a self-destructive behavior; sometimes he’s calling you out to your purpose; sometimes he’s calling you out to play! One thing you can know for sure, he’s in the habit of calling you.
We desperately need to be in the habit of listening. Train yourself to recognize the ding or the ring!
How ‘bout an example that is more universal than visiting birds?! We all get gnawing hunger. Not hunger for food. We get hungry for inner peace or discernment or direction or recognition or companionship or hope or – encouragement! When we’re physically hungry we think of food. When we’re hungry for anything else let that be the “ding” reminding us only Jesus can satisfy our hunger; it’s time to fill up on a conversation with God; it’s time to fill up with his word. It’s time for a well-timed Word. And then, you’ll be at the ready for the joy of giving a timely word!
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23