Do you ever get a nudge and wonder what to do about it?
- In the middle of some daily task, you have the distinct impression that you ought to call So-and-So, or pray for Such-and-Such.
- You’re at the mall and something seems to be telling you to buy a particular item now and set it aside for an unknown purpose.
- In the middle of a conversation, about to make what seems like an important point, you just know that you need to keep your mouth shut. (Or, on the other hand, having planned to keep quiet, you feel clearly directed to speak up.)
Nudges are a little scary. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit indwells and guides us, but we’re not always sure if it’s his voice or our own imagination that we’re hearing. Unless the urge we feel goes against Scripture, against the character of God as we have come to know him, we should probably follow those nudges, no matter how small or illogical they may seem.
Years ago, when my husband was working under his car, he suddenly felt like he was being told to move his leg. Moments later the jack gave way. Moving his leg prevented an injury.
Once I was called to the hospital to help a friend. On the way out I could almost hear what seemed like a silly suggestion, “take the throw pillow.” I felt a little stupid walking into the hospital with a throw pillow, until I discovered it was something my friend needed right then.
Suppose the jack had not given way or my friend had asked, “What’s the pillow for?” What harm would have been done? Why not do what we think God is asking even when we don’t know why, even when it doesn’t seem to make perfect sense?
Maybe when the Holy Spirit speaks to us of tiny details they are much more important than we realize. Maybe they are practice sessions, getting us ready for a time when we will need to be attuned, sure of his voice and ready to obey. And if what we think is a nudge is really just our imaginations on overdrive, wouldn’t we still be honoring the Lord if we were to say, “I think you are asking me to do this, and so I’ll do it just in case?”
Won’t you share your experience here? Tell me when have you noticed a nudge and seen God’s glory in its outcome.