Last month we had the most emotional and sad experience. We had to say goodbye to my sweet pup, my Little Bit. She had been trying to tell us all weekend and for several days before we made the hard decision. At this point in her life, she had Congestive Heart, Canine Cognitive Disorder; she was deaf and mostly blind. Even her sense of smell had deteriorated. I know, because I had to bring her to her food.
In the past couple of years, I’ve asked the Vet how do we know when? The answer has always been, “she will let you know.” Until I experienced her trying to let us know, I didn’t understand the depth of this statement. Yes, she did let us know, slowly, at first, over the course of this past year. But that weekend, during the snow storm, she tried to tell us. She wanted to be held a lot. At night she kept moving closer in order to touch body to body. Her back legs weren’t doing a good job of holding her up. And her incontinence was out of control over the weekend.
Were we hearing her queues? She doesn’t speak, in fact, during the last six months she didn’t even bark. So we had to be “tuned” in, listening, in order to hear her.
I think it’s the same with our relationship with Holy Spirit. He speaks to us in numerous and variety of ways. Are we listening so we can hear?
We know that when we accept Jesus as our Savior, we receive the gift of His Spirit. Holy Spirit now lives in each of us. If He lives in us, then His Spirit and our spirit live together in this body of ours. And if they live together, they communicate. Makes sense to me.
So why is it so hard sometimes to hear Him? Our lives can get very noisy and our spirits deal with a lot of life “stuff”. However, I’ve had this conversation with Him and He knows I need Him to speak loudly to me in order to drown out all the other noises. And He does that! But I still need to live in a state of awareness of Him.
Read Acts 10: 9-20 and notice how Holy Spirit communicated with Peter.
19While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. 20So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
1. There may or may not be a clear voice speaking to me. Most times it’s “heard” on a spiritual level.
2. I need to live in a constant hour by hour, minute by minute awareness of Him. Awareness is a key word here.
3. He can speak to me above all the noises of life! Why not? He is God, after all!
Yes, it’s quite interesting and amazing how God taught me some lessons on hearing and listening through my sweet Little Bit. He is an amazing God who loves me and you and wants to communicate with us.