Hearing Gods Voice

"Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the way that I hear God's voice. If you had asked me how I heard God a few months ago, I would have described it asmore of an 'instant download', something faster and more detailed than I would normally process on my own. It was always really clear to me when God was speaking, and of course, when you experience that it feels great.

But recently, I had felt that 'instant download' stop. I thought that maybe I wasn't listening hard enough, or that I wasn't being obedient enough when I had heard God's voice that maybe I was missing out, or maybe, He had stopped speaking to me altogether. I will admit, I didn't panic. I know that God is good and that God is always with me but, I couldn't help but feel sad about this new form of silence. I wanted to cultivate a deeper relationship with God, I wanted to go deeper, I wanted to hear more clearly, I wanted to hear God speak over me and into the lives of the people around me. But what I started to notice is that God was still speaking to me, but taking me through a new season of conversation. God was giving me actions, signs and physical items.

What was so beautiful about this gift is that the signs and wonders have always been difficult for me. I feel God's presence so strongly, but I have always had a hard time believing that God would actually deliver something physical to me. It's not that I don't believe the stories, but I guess I explained it away by believing it was one of those things we all experience differently. Signs and wonders were for some people, but they weren't for me.

I could write you the full story of all of the different times God appeared to me over the next few days but for brevity's sake, I will just provide you with a list:
1) While worshiping to the song 'Catch the Wind' God blew a strong gust of wind against my cheek, which was the complete opposite direction of the rest of the wind.
2) Chunks of gold glitter around my bedroom, that when I went to pick-up were no longer there to grab. (I also don't own anything glittery that would have left this residue)
3) During worship at The Stirring, I was reflecting on how everyone in the room was working with a different melody (metaphorically and spiritually) and how I wondered what our melodies would sound like together, as I was experimenting myself, and at that very moment, the music cut right out, and I heard God say to me "let's hear it!".

And the weird thing that happened after all of these signs/actions, is that my 'instant download' returned. I feel that this was God showing me how to hear His voice in a variety of different ways. He took me right into something I had struggled with in the past! Now I am experiencing a greater variety,

If you're struggling to hear God's voice, my prayer is for you to persevere. Look for the tiny signs, and don't dismiss the things you can easily write off as a fluke. Don't let yourself explain it away. Take it in, pray over it, believe that God is always with you."