Did you ever get the urge to call someone you hadn’t talked to in a while? Or to send an email to a friend you hadn’t seen in ages? I know you have — we all get those thoughts and urges seemingly out of the blue.
The more important question is, do you listen and follow through?
Do you pick up the phone or compose that email? Or do you just let it pass?
The older I get the more I realize that those thoughts and urges to contact someone I haven’t thought of in a long time is really the Holy Spirit nudging me to be there for that person when they need it most. God created us to be in relationship with Him and with others, and He delights when we heed His nudge and provide support to others when He knows they need it most.
This kind of Holy Spirit nudge happened to me just last week.
It had been over a month since I had posted anything here at Broken Believers, and hadn’t really thought about Pastor Bryan or the folks who read this blog for a while because I was wrapped up in my own life. I guess I figured Bryan had it handled and would keep the fires burning here for the many Christians struggling with mental illness and in need of support.
Then last week I had this overwhelming urge to post something here, and the phrase “melancholy beckons me” kept running through my head as a post topic (which I did post last Saturday). I heeded the Spirit’s urging to post something, only to discover that Bryan’s computer had died and he was unable to post anything, and will be out of commission for a few more days at least.
I didn’t know that he was experiencing this problem, but God did. And I believe God knew that it was important for the lifeline that is Broken Believers not be set adrift even for a week.
So I am here to help because the Holy Spirit nudged.
He does that, you know, more often than we’d like to admit. For the broken believers of the world, and those who know and love them, I believe that heeding the Spirit’s nudge is of the utmost importance. He made us to be in relationship — to uphold, encourage, and strengthen one another in times of trial and darkness — and what a blessing it is when we follow His lead.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV).
3 thoughts on “Listening to the Spirit’s Nudge”
This is really good. I have had several people reach out recently and it was just when I needed it.
Mark, Praise God that your friends listened! We need more of that kind of listening in the body of Christ. Peace, Linda
I keep being drawn back to the scripture you included. It is gripping and a perfect message from God. I have been afflicted w Bipolar 1 for over a decade and after my first episode I promised myself and God I would help others with this disease. Recently more and more people afflicted have been put in my life and seem to have found God. Our hope is to put together a faith based network to help each other and others in need. Really floored by timing, your message and God
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