I feel bad that there isn’t anything in the “Inspiration” category when, quite honestly, this category and “Oils” will probably be the two biggest categories. So, let me tell you about today (because seriously, I could tell you how God works in my life everyday.)
Our boys are almost all in their 20’s (3 more months of having a teenager!) but I appreciate that they still reach out to us when they just need us to be parents. Today, as I sat down in my stylist’s chair for a haircut, my phone rings and it’s one of them. Not common in the middle of the day so I answer.
He had received one of “those” calls, the calls we are warned about. There are four arrest warrants out for you in Texas. You owe so much money in Texas. Blah, blah, blah. He kept his head in the moment and said, “This sounds like a scam.” The caller pretended not to hear him and then hung up when he repeated it.
That’s when he freaked. What if someone HAD stolen his identity? What if any part of this was true? So I told him to call the local Sheriff’s office to verify but yes, I was sure it was scam. He texted back in a couple of minutes that yes, they were sure it was a scam and since he hadn’t given them any information, he was fine.
Like any good mother 🙂 I took the opportunity to make this a teaching moment. I told him that he had absolutely done the right thing because he had listened to his gut. Always trust your gut. I’ve always been a trust your gut person. If I felt like I needed to take a different route or lock my doors in broad daylight I’ve always done it and never questioned it.
Recently our pastor took us through the book of John and in John the Holy Spirit is mentioned many times. We even spent one Sunday just focused on the Holy Spirit. And our Sunday School class studied Francis Chan’s book, “The Forgotten God” last fall. Through these sermons and studies I learned a lot about the Holy Spirit and how that gut feeling may be a whole lot more.
In John 14 verses 15-18 the Bible says, “‘If you love Me (Jesus is speaking), you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or Know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you are orphans; I am coming to You.'”
The Counselor referred to here is the Holy Spirit. In another passage He is called the Helper. Three times in chapters 14-16 He is referred to as the Spirit of truth. He’s also referred to as the Comforter.
We were promised a helper, a counselor, a truth seeker, a comforter in the Holy Spirit when we accept God’s free gift of salvation through the death of Jesus Christ. I do not believe the gut instincts of a believer are just that. I believe they are nudges from the Holy Spirit. The more we seek God and draw closer to Him, the more receptive we are to the nudges of the Holy Spirit. And that is what I reminded my son today. He had no cause to freak out after. He has the Holy Spirit inside him. He was given peace and a level head in the moment and this is a great lesson in listening to those nudges. Those nudges that come from a Helper who will never leave us.