'I willingly listened'
Listening to God can sometimes seem difficult. There are things everywhere in our life that try to distract us from God’s voice, be it wrong motives, unloving thoughts, or simply thinking that we don’t need God and that we can figure out life all on our own.
But God’s plan is always harmonious. So when we are listening, we see this harmony in action. Protection is included in harmony. God is always protecting us, and we don’t need to be afraid that we aren’t being protected. Mary Baker Eddy refers to “the protection of the Most High” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 436), and I’m learning this “Most High,” God, has all power.
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God won't leave my life up to chance.
Throughout my life, I’ve had many experiences of God’s protection. One of them was while I was riding a bike. I live at the top of a steep driveway, and often ride down and then out into the street. On one particular day, a spiritual intuition told me to slow down even though I didn’t hear or see anything coming my way. I willingly listened to this message and slowed down. Just as I was reaching the end, where the main road starts, a car came around a blind corner. This was the first time that had ever happened, and had I not been listening, I could have been in the car’s path. So I’m grateful for two things. First, that I listened, and second, that I did what God, divine Mind, directed. This experience also helped me use more wisdom, and from then on, I carefully checked both ways each time I left the driveway.
Another time, I was outside in the snow with my sister. We were both pretty young at the time, and my sister suggested that we should try jumping on the trampoline with all the snow on it. This was something we had done before, and it was always fun, but right then it didn’t seem right. I couldn’t have explained it if someone had asked me why, but when she suggested it, I simply said, “No, let’s not.” So, we stayed out in the snow for a bit, and not more than ten minutes later, an 80-foot tree fell on top of the trampoline. Yes, some might call the fact that we weren’t on the trampoline luck, but luck is chance, and I believe that God has only good planned and won’t leave my life up to chance.
These two examples helped me see the importance of listening to what God is communicating to us at every moment of every day. If we do this, then all we have to do is follow through with what we hear. Many of us have had times when we’ve heard God’s voice and simply ignored it, believing that it wasn’t important. Referring to God’s “still, small voice,” Mary Baker Eddy says on page 323 of Science and Health: “We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher.”
I’m always learning that God is constantly talking to us, and it’s our job to listen and then act on what we are asked to do. We also need to remember that God’s plan is always harmonious, so even if we slip up and make mistakes, He won’t abandon us when we need Him.
I’ve found that one of the best ways for me to make sure that I’m being receptive to God’s messages is to pray daily. Every day I affirm the truth about God and about myself as God’s child, and I’ve found that this wakes me up and helps me listen to what God is saying. Mrs. Eddy says, “Your means of protection and defense from sin are, constant watchfulness and prayer that you enter not into temptation …” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 115). So don’t be tempted to ignore those loving messages from God. They are more important than you may think!