Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows. 17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1, selected verses.
I believe God speaks to us. It’s usually more in the form of signs for us to understand than actual words, although that still happens in this current time. There are many instances of Jesus visiting Muslims in their dreams and in visions, because that’s the only way they can know of Him.
Sometimes I really wonder what’s happening in my life. I’ve got a good job, but lately it feels like the wheels are coming off. Shall I brush up my resume’? Do I have something to worry about here?
As these questions swirl, I had two job opportunities come to my attention out of the blue. I’m not quite a good match for either, even though they are both in my “sweet spot” as far as the discipline goes.
This reminded me of when I moved to Memphis for my current job after going through bankruptcy. I lost count of how many recruiters called me with inquiries for jobs I might be interested in. NOW they show up??
It occurred to me in this instance that God is just showing me that He has this and this is where He wants me right now. What’s the message?
“Jeff, I know you’re getting the heeby-jeebies over your company’s current condition, but I’m still in control. Just to prove it, I’m going to send you two jobs that are almost perfect for you, but that you can’t really win. Just to show you that I can whistle up whatever I want whenever I want. If I want you somewhere else, I’ll get you there. That just isn’t gonna happen right now. So stop worrying and carry on.”
I didn’t hear a voice, but after prayer and reflection, this is the answer, the impression that formed in my mind. This is my interpretation of recent events.
I can see the message being similar when I got all of those recruiters calling after I moved to Memphis.
“I could’ve moved you anywhere, anytime. You just had to wait and go through some trials to get your where I wanted you, both physically and emotionally. So hang in there.”
Does God talk to you? I’m sure He does…through events, “coincidences,” etc. Here’s the thing, when you think God is sending you a message, pray about it. Be careful of forcing your wishes into occurrences. You might not get anything. If not, don’t get hung up on it. Either He doesn’t want you to know now, or ever, or maybe it’s simply the fact that stuff happens.
So hang in there. God has this. He may explain why something happened. He may use circumstances to funnel you into a course of action, like He did moving me to Memphis.
So that’s me sharing what I suddenly felt was a communication. Am I right? Maybe, maybe not. But then, my interpretation is pretty well in character with God, right?