Thursday, October 23, 2008

that voice


tami had just dropped by to visit for a spell. then we started talking. just as a natural matter of course, since sh had arrived so quickly from across town, we started talking about driving & safety. tami revealed that she never used to wear her seatbelt until one night, as a young teen, she was riding in a pick-up truck with another friend who was driving. a voice nudged her inside and said "put on your seatbelt". she did. less than a minute later, they crashed into a tree and the airbags didn't deploy. unless for that voice she would certainly have gone through the windshield and almost certainly died.

tami then revealed how that voice doesn't come often but it does come every once in a while and when it does she always obeys. and as a result of her obedience she has avoided terrible disaters on a few occasions. which then lead to my wife and i also revealing that we have had similar experiences with that voice. first off, that we have both experienced that voice, but also that when obeyed it has helped us to avoid something unpleasant.

the conversation was so open and vulnerable but yet amazing. i was tempted to record some of it for posting here. (how weird is that?) in the end, i figured it would be best to just let things play out naturally and relate the tale later. it seemed so strange that it would be something we all had experienced but had just never talked about before. btw, tami is by no means a christian, was never raised in the church, and doesn't really believe in any of it. yet apparently, she obeys that voice that voice each time it speaks to her.

so, since the three of us that night had had similar experiences, i bring the question to you... have you heard that voice? that voice that just cuts through the rest of the bullshit voices in a moment. not often, not all the time, but once in a while just cuts right to the heart of something or offers advice or help in a situation you may not even know is coming?

do you obey or just shake it off as being a crazy thought? or both depending on the day? what is YOUR experience with that voice?

11 comments:

One Voice of Many said...

I think it's always wise to consider the voice. Give it credit to whatever you wish - but listen to what's there. I have had experiences like that before.

Happy said...

lol - oh, yay! another really interesting topic that will have me thinking for weeks.... I'm still going on about the last one

Jon, you're awesome. :)

i have *definitely* had this experience - and i have to say, the time i haven't listened, i've been sorry. it comes at different times, and in different ways - sometimes it's as simple as "turn left" - which seems out of the way, but i'm so sure, i just do it; other times it's "call so-and-so" or "go (or don't go) to such-and-such a place". Sometimes it comes with immediacy - DO THIS NOW - other times it's 6 weeks in advance...

i think it is so cool that God speaks this way to everyone - I hope you are able to help your friend recognize Whose voice it is, and the Love that's behind it. :)

Happy said...

oops - that was TIMES i haven't listened - in case anyone was under the delusion that i only need to learn lessons once. :P lol... no such ...hm. luck? intelligence? :) yay, for a God who is SO patient with us...

Erin said...

I believe in the voice. There have been too many times...I can't even think of a specific one...oh well, like buying our house. We had looked at it and loved it, but when the inspection had come back, there were several major problems. I knew it was THE house, so against our realtor's advice and better judgment, we submitted to the sellers all the things we needed fixed (like $25000 worth of stuff). We were sure there was no way they would do it, but that voice told us to try. They were happy to fix it all and we have been here over 10 years.

jON said...

thank you both for sharing. this is what i wanted to know about, and am still interested in hearing others share.

as we talked, it struck me how that voice transcended all of our human-made boundaries and definitions. that it was something we ALL had experienced regardless of background or religious affiliations (or lack thereof).

and i have to apologize, i got the story a little wrong yesterday. (it was early and i was having toddler issues) the conversation actually started because tami had heard that voice on the way to our place that night. it told her to slow down. she did, and there was a cop sitting just over the rise of the hill she couldn't see. just a small thing. THEN she told the story of the first time she heard that voice and the seatbelt story.

then, after she shared, i looked her in the eye and asked if she ever said, "thank you" to that voice. it took her back for a second, but then she said, "yeah. sometimes." after that is when the conversation got really good and we began sharing so many experinces, not just of that voice, but also dream related. like how we each have dreamt things that have happened hours, days, weeks, months, sometimes years later, just the way we dreamed it.

it was a really cool night.

Happy said...

wow... that sounds like an incredible conversation. :) *cool.* thanks for the extra details. :)

prodigaldaughter2 said...

Hi Jon,
I have a twist to your question about hearing "that voice". I have heard that voice since I was a kid and it was always so loud and clear and often told me things that seemed incredibly un-useful to my life. Eventually I began attributing that voice to God, but now I wonder if there are different types of voices in our heads (ok you're going to send someone to come get me, the crazy lady with the voices in her head!).

I can tell this comment is going to get too long, maybe I will make my answer a topic for a post this weekend. Great food for thought!

Katherine Gunn said...

Yes. Simply put. Hmm... Jesus said that His sheep know His voice and a stranger's voice they will not follow. Just one of many passages I am beginning to see differently...

Mike said...

Yep ~ I hear the voice as well and I have now learned to listen to it. (Of course it took me awhile). The voice told me to not marry my first wife and I didn't listen. That turned out to be a complete disaster.

Delirious said...

I have had experiences like this many times. I think the difference between "the voice" and "our voice" is that we question our own, but when we get that unmistakeable prompting from above, we have a different feeling than if the thought came from our own mind.

Valorosa said...

There is always love in that voice.

There is peace and there is no mistaking it. There is no fear or lack of clarity. That voice even gently nags until you listen.

A loving parent
A passionate and protective sibling
Incomparable love.

Oui?