Every being who ever lived on this earth and possessed any (even the slightest) belief in a god has, at one time or another, imagined the possibilities of that god communicating with him/her. We not only fantasize about it but we actually feel somewhat certain that at various times and in special (sometimes personal) ways our god has spoken to us. I’m not any different in this. I feel You do whisper to me in many ways.
The ways which I feel may be the strongest indications that my God communicates with me are through repetition and/or co-incidents. When a particular event, scenario, or circumstance keeps popping up over and over it gives me pause to consider it a vehicle for You getting through to me. When a particular event, scenario, or circumstance coincides or correlates strikingly with some other event, scenario, or circumstance of the day, I take that too as a vehicle for Your somehow touching me.
If, for example, a certain phrase, sentence, or idea keeps repeating itself in the course of a day, or if the actions of others, or even my own actions,keep recurring within a short time span, I am given to consider it a tap on the shoulder from You. Likewise if something I’ve read about, prayed about, or meditated upon somehow correlates with something else in my day -it is You.
Often others, wittingly or unwittingly, point the way for me to be open to Your whisper. Like Samuel (I Samuel, 3:4) we may need an Eli to point out God’s call. It remains very important for us to remain open to such repetitions, co-incidents, and illuminations through others. A disposition to such openness on a regular basis facilitates the discernment of Your voice in our lives through the lives of others.
As if to affirm what I am saying here, the incident of my starting to write this yesterday morning met with the co-incident of a movie I watched last night about the effects of co-incidents in the lives of a number of characters – Your affirming whisper! Help me to discern more clearly Your hand in random repetitions and co-incidents.