The Nudge

I confess. My essay-creating effort is prayed over many days before I start writing. For a couple weeks, the word commit(ment) was ever-present. First revealed as a thought, it was tossed aside. Isn’t that what we do? Brush it off like it’s a fly? Next, it surfaced as in-my-face nudges, it seemed.

My first Commitment “message” was through a Moody Radio sermon. The preacher told how Ruth 1:16 was read during his wedding long ago, and he’s used it in every wedding he has performed. Ruth was speaking to her mother-in-law Naomi. The full verse reads But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” You may recall that love, redemption, and unwavering commitment played a role in Ruth’s and Naomi’s 4-chapter, lesson-packed story.

Days later, driving past Rustic Occasions south of Adamsville, I spotted an outdoor wedding. A young couple was taking a leap of faith and making a lifetime commitment to love and honor.

The next nudge was more recent. A women’s social group indicated interest in a local play. This group, started in the early 60s out of APC, shares a commitment to friendship. I got the play details. Can you guess the title? Fully Committed.

Okay, I wrote. It became increasingly clear the essay wasn’t to be about our commitments to people or even causes. It’s about The Nudge!! That quiet voice of God – the nudge of the Holy Spirit at work – that speaks to and guides us if we’re paying attention.

So, my wish for you is quiet time to reflect on and listen to what’s weighing on your mind and sitting in your heart. What’s God’s message for you today? Maybe it’s to make a specific phone call; write a note of encouragement to a friend; give cupcakes and a story (a parable perhaps?) to those ornery but lovable kids next door; invite a new (or long-term) neighbor to church and give them a ride there; start a conversation that could change or save a life.

It’s time to listen, pray without ceasing, and take God-led action. Even if you can’t already, I hope you will soon be able to recall a time when you were nudged, you listened, and you were led to action by the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Note: The photos used in the post are courtesy of Unsplashed.

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