On Tues. July 28th as I left Des Moines, God began whispering new ideas to me. These were totally new ideas. Ideas I had not ever considered. I don’t think I have ever in my 70 years experienced God having a conversation with me on and off for nearly 4 hours. I was totally at peace over His new ideas. They excited me. They encouraged me in a way that only He could have orchestrated. I would have resented and resisted these thoughts if they had come from anyone other than my Heavenly Father.
He said things like; it would be beneficial for everyone involved for you to move to Des Moines, you’re young enough to make new friends, you would be with family when you do get sick as you age, it could be fun to find a new home, there are wonderful people in Des Moines who can influence your life and others who need your influence, you could be with your grandchildren more, you wouldn’t be on the road so much. Honestly, I very calmly reminded the Lord, I didn’t want a new home. I told Him I have plenty of people in Winona who still need my love. What about my support system that I have built up over the last 45 years??? They have been there for me for so long. Shouldn’t I be there for them? Am I ready to give them up? “Lord is this really you?”
The last thing the Lord said was that I was to pour my life into my grandchildren. Surprisingly, I was peaceful about the whole situation. I am reminded of Isaiah 30 that says, “This is the way, walk in it.”
Bill Hybels, in his Bible Study on The Power of a Whisper has 5 questions to help us discern whether a whisper truly is heaven sent:
1.) God is this prompting truly from You?
2.) Is the whisper scriptural?
3.) Is it wise?
4.) Is it in tune with my own character or wiring patterns?
5.) What do the people I most trust think about it?
This truly did seem to be God. The peace I had was supernatural. It seems scriptural to give of myself to my family. It seemed consistent with His character. Somehow it seemed wiser not to hold onto my home and friends as long as I could. Letting go seemed like something Jesus would do. It was in tune with my character to spend more time with my family. My family seemed pleased and supported me. My friends totally confirmed they too felt it was of the Lord to move close to family. It was the thing to do.
It was exciting to watch God unfold His plan. I knew things wouldn’t necessarily all go smoothly. God doesn’t owe my anything. I only owe Him my trust and total faith. Ever since Jack, my husband died nearly 2 years ago, I have reminded the Lord that I want His input to navigate my life. Just like Eli told Samuel to say, ‘Speak Lord, I’m listening’. I’m so thankful that I serve a communicating God and greater still that He wants to communicate with me!! When I think back to times I have followed God’s whispers in my life-time, they were life changing!! I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the joy that resulted from obeying!! I don’t want to miss that joy now later in life either.
I have chosen to put on a ‘spiritual bluetooth’. I will seek to have one ear to heaven in all of life.
I want to close my thoughts with the reminder that God will never ask us to do or go someplace without first preparing us. We don’t need to live in fear of what He might ask. He will not only prepare us but it will be the best for us. In my case just 4 weeks earlier, He allowed me to have more significant closure over losing my husband. He put a bow on my life of 70 years by blessing me to overflowing as I went back to my home town in South Dakota. I put precious memories to rest and delighted in what I had learned from them. He prepared my heart for something new. None of these things is an accident. They were planned by an almighty God who has my best interests in His heart. If He had not prepared me, I would not have accepted His new idea so easily. Winona was where we raised our sons, where we grew spiritually for 45 years and where we had built the home we planned to grow old in. It was where I took care of my physically hurting husband for a long time with precious friends loving us, helping us and praying for us for years.
I don’t have the timeline for my future but I know He does. It’s all taken care of. Isaiah 58:11 says, ”I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places, firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry”.
Valley Church has been a blessing in many ways. I’m blessed by the strong Women’s Ministry, the messages, the heart for community and new friends. I love being with my family, my home, my new neighbors and the many things God has thought of to put before me. I can easily see how He has worked all things together for my good just as He said he would in Romans 8:28. How I enjoy turning each day over to Him and expectantly wait to see what He is up to next. It’s freeing to trust God completely, turn everything over to Him and then leave the results up Him.
I would appreciate hearing your comments to this blog of how God blessed you as you followed His still voice. I’d love to hear how God provided peace as you chose to totally trust Him. I’m choosing to trust Him. I’m claiming my peace, the peace that He offers each of us.
Coy has been at Valley since the end of November 2015. Her son Matt along with his wife Alison and Coy’s 4 grandchildren all go to Valley. He son Jeff and His wife Nicole attend the Evangelical Free Church in St. Cloud, Mn. Coy and her late husband have always had a heart for leading people into an exciting relationship with Jesus. She feels very much at home in Des Moines and at Valley Church.