Written in 2011
Just the other day, I heard a wonderful story from Beth Moore about listening to God’s voice that truly convicted my heart.
After I heard this story, I decided to really try and hear from God. I always say that I want to hear from God, but rarely ever listen. Now, I’m trying to listen…and actually obey (which is the hardest part, really).
Immediately after hearing this story, I went to one of the main lobbies on campus. I saw a girl about to sit next to me and I felt God tug at my heart, “I want you to talk to her.” I’m usually terrified when God tells me to talk to a complete stranger and completely deny the fact that the voice was from God. But this time, I knew better. I mean, I resisted for a little bit, but finally obeyed.
“Okay, God…here goes nothing….”
I struck up a conversation with this young girl and we became instant friends. We made an appointment to meet up again later that week to talk more.
After our conversation, I felt God tell me, “I’m chasing after her. I want her heart. Tell her this.”
All week, I was nervous about the upcoming conversation wondering how in the world I’m going to tell this girl that God is after her heart. That is no small talk. That’s cutting right to the chase. After worrying about it for awhile, I told him, “Um, isn’t that too much God? I mean, I don’t want to scare her off.”
This scripture immediately came to mind:
“…do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say…”
Of course God would give me THAT scripture. Finally, the day came and I decided to talk to her.
Within about 10 minutes of the conversation, we started talking about God. Except, it wasn’t awkward. It wasn’t forced. It wasn’t even unwelcome. Because you know what? God really had been chasing after her. She told me about all the Christians she’s been meeting who have been sharing God with her. She’s even been reading her bible, searching for this God. Somehow, we even got to talk about who Jesus is and why he matters. Now, THAT is no small talk. Towards the end of the conversation, I felt like it was time…
“You know, I think God has been chasing after you. He wants your heart.” I told her, secretly sighing with relief that I had actually obeyed.
Instead of turning the table and walking away at this revelation, she seemed….happy. As if that’s something she wanted to hear. She didn’t immediately come to Christ that second, and is still searching, but I know that God is still chasing after her. He’s not going to give up anytime soon.
Knowing that God is chasing after her is encouraging me because I also feel the desire to be pursued, chased after. And you know what? God has been chasing me. He’s chasing all of us, in hopes that we will one day give Him our hearts.