And his name shall be Emmanuel

God is speaking to me today and I can’t deny what he is saying.

I mentioned a couple of blogs ago that I felt as if God had put me into a season of rest.  But I understand today, now, that he has put me into a season of listening…listening and speaking for him in a different way.

For the last few weeks I have spent time quietly, peacefully.  No urgent need to preach that God has come to save us or that Jesus loves us.  Just a time of quiet assurance that God is near to me and God loves me.  I haven’t looked for a sign.  I haven’t asked for a sign.  I’ve just been content to quietly rest in the assurance of God’s love.  And it is in that quiet…that peace, that God has spoken to me as loudly as he ever has.

I made a phone call today that no one should have answered.  A phone call that was two hours late, and all I expected…all I hoped for…was voice mail.  I made a phone call today that was answered by a human being.  And not only that person, but the person I was calling for picked up the phone!  My call was answered by someone who heard my plea and reached out to me.  And I knew, without hesitation, that God had heard my cry, that God had answered me. I shared this story with my family, thinking that this was enough for today.  This was enough proof of God, enough proof of his love for me and his willingness to hear my unasked-for-prayer.  And then I opened Facebook. And I saw a message from Jane.  And I knew immediately, God bless you Jane, that God was using her to speak to me. God is present and active, and if you are reading this, then absolutely believe that he has his hand on you.  That, just as he used Jane to speak to me, he is using me to reach out to you.  I believe with all of my heart that God wants every single person who reads this blog today to see this message.  Let me repeat that.  GOD WANTED EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO READS THIS BLOG TODAY, TO SEE THIS MESSAGE…this truth about who and what he is.

You don’t need to respond unless God puts it on your heart to do so. Instead I want you to know that you are seeing this message because God wants you to know that he is real.  That’s all.  That’s enough. My blog isn’t big enough to hit thousands.  If just one person reads it I’m happy.  And that means that you can feel confident, if you are still reading this, that this message is for you. Just carry this forward into your daily life, and know that God cared enough about you to speak to you today…through me.

God Bless,

Meredith

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