Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Nudges to act come in a lot of different disguises. Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation which brings to mind a moment and a corresponding action from the past and we find ourselves moving in the old familiar direction again. There are also those moments of wondering what would happen if we moved into some "unlike me" action and we dare to check it out. Some nudges to act come from something a parent or grandparent said to us in the past and some come from those who share our life in the present moment.
In addition to these nudges to act, there are divine nudges. This should be no surprise to us if we live believing that the Holy Spirit is present and active in our life. While we may not always understand the way the Spirit works, it is certainly true that He is no passive player in our spiritual journey. He may not be as pointed with us as was the case with Abraham or Jonah or Mary, but His direction can still be discerned. When we sense Him leading us into something that seems strange and new for us, it may be that we will need to test the waters in an experimental manner before jumping in completely. It is always possible that what we want to be His leading speaks more of our own desires, wants, and wishes than divine leading.
A good place to start any day is in prayer. When we start the day with a prayer that tells God we are ready to do whatever He might need someone to do in that day, then we have every reason to expect some divine nudges to act as we move into that day. God may bring into our path someone who needs nothing more than a kind and affirming word and in that moment of intersection we can become partners with Him in giving love and compassion to one in need. Never be afraid to act on a nudge which coms from the heart, especially if we have invited God to make use of us.