As you know by now, I write many times of God speaking to me in an inner voice. Recently, an event happened that needs to be shared so deeper understanding of inner voices—and ‘Who said that?’ can be discussed.
Lessons come the hard way sometimes, and two did when I was upset with a takeout order from ‘Taco Chimes’ and felt I needed to express those feelings personally. As I headed to work, I planned to go through the drive thru—but the line was too long. I looked at the time and an inner voice—reminded me---‘forget this, you may not have time.’ I backed up to get out of line, and could have gone on my way. Still, the human decided to park in front and go inside. I did so, found out that ‘double’ order meant double ingredients not double order of tostados—and so left, thinking, “Again communications and asking questions are very important in life.”
I backed out of the parking area, thought I had cleared the curb---but two loud bumps said otherwise. I got out of car to check tires; all looked okay and so I proceeded to drive to the freeway. I was concerned about alignment, and was watching how the car handled, no low air tire indicator was showing, so when the inner voice said---“it would be wise to go to that dealership and have them look at the car,” I ignored it, listening instead to my inner voice of reasoning.
“But, it is driving okay, no indicator is on and I don’t want to be late.”
Getting on the freeway---I knew within a minute that new noise meant flat tire. I immediately pulled over but, by the time I stopped, the tire was ruined. I was really upset with myself, saying “God tried to warn and help you three times and you didn’t listen—you stubborn fool!!”
Getting spare tire out, and starting to change the tire, a chastised lady prayed, “Lord, You could send an angel to help me, if You want.” He did, one that looked like a nice handsome young man. Tire was changed and I got to work 30 minutes late.
For a good three hours, inner voices—mine—fussed and fumed and lamented my actions. Finally I heard an inner voice saying---“It’s just a flat tire!!”
“You are right---Canada is burning, floods are raging, people are very sick, like the one I care for---I need to stifle it already.”
Then, sitting there trying to really let go of the flat tire fiasco, I said, "Lord what can You say that would really give me Your peace right now."
“I’m sorry,” was heard within, and it came with a comforting peace of sensing this loving Presence feeling sorry that I had to experience these lessons the hard way. I smiled, felt His invisible hug and blew Him a kiss.
Lessons learned--- 1.) Don’t sweat the small stuff, getting upset over food orders for instance, and 2.) Listen and obey so God can really lead you in right paths and keep you from harm’s way.
This is VERY important to learn as times get harder and my life gets tougher with aging. It indeed was just a flat tire, costing $124 to replace, (income tax return came in same day.) BUT what a gift that ‘experience’ was given to me that day!!!
Part two of this story is to be found in “Who Said That?” For a whole teaching needs to be written on ‘those inner voices—and the source they come from; or who speaks them to us.” Until then, "Peace be With You."