A  Simple Response

A Simple Response

I was minding my business, going on my merry way, singing a simple song when I heard the whisper.  I knew it was God because the idea wasn’t remotely anything I had ever considered, it wasn’t anything I’d ever dreamed of, prayed for, wished upon on star for. I knew it was God because Deborah wasn’t trying to add one more thing to an already jam-packed life,  wasn’t trying to add a morsel to the full plate of her life.  Knew it was God because not only was this something I had never done before, I had no point of reference for it — at all!

But I’d heard that still small voice.  And once you’ve heard it, you can’t un-hear it. You can ignore it.  You can choose to disobey it.  You can try to flick it away like a fly.  But you can’t un-hear it.

And I’d heard.  So instead of doing what I’ve done more often than I care to admit — instead of dismissing it as a whim, instead of offering a litany of excuses why I couldn’t or why I shouldn’t, instead of disqualifying myself, instead of seeking the opinion of  those I deemed wiser and more spiritual, I simply said, “OK.”

And that simple response launched me into a new place of fulfillment and solidified purpose beyond anything I could ever dreamed or wished upon a star for.

The truth is this: Most often, all that is required to hurl us into divine destiny is a simple response. Some of our greatest accomplishments are the result of simply saying, “OK” when God speaks.

He spoke to Noah, “Build an ark.”    Noah said, “OK,” and became the one to replenish the of the earth after the flood.

He spoke to Abram, “Leave your country and go to a land I will show you.”  Abram said, “OK,” and became Abraham, the Father of Many Nations, the one through whom all nations would be blessed,  the one through whom Messiah came.

He spoke to Moses, “Deliver My people!”  Moses said, “OK,” and led millions of Israelites out of slavery.”

He spoke to a virgin named Mary, “Bear a child!”  Mary said, “OK,” and gave birth to the  Son of God.

He spoke to Peter, “Feed My sheep.”  Peter said, “OK” and   with one simple sermon saw 3000 people saved in a single day.

He spoke to Paul, “Preach My Word to the Gentiles.”  Paul said, “OK” and the gospel was spread and  the Church of Jesus Christ was established  all over the then-known world.

He spoke to His Son, “Give Your life to redeem the world!”    Jesus said, “OK, ” and the Word  was made flesh and  saved all mankind.

I have found  that the greatest adventures in Him, the greatest moments of  true ministry, the greatest fulfillment of purpose, the greatest manifestation of His love, light and life in my life have been the result of a simple response when God speaks.   Perhaps we have made this life of faith, this life  in Christ more complicated than it need be.   Maybe all it is — all it was ever meant to be — is hearing that still small voice, that gentle whisper and simply responding, “OK”  without needing the details, without putting out fleeces, without getting confirmation from every prophet we know.  We simply respond and trust God to confirm His Word as we go.

What is God speaking to you?  A simple response may not only forever change your life, but the lives of countless others as well.

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  1. You inspire me. There is a book in me that has been stifled, and has not been able to be birthed. I am praying for direction, and feel confident that I will sit under your teaching again. Continue the path God has lain for you.

  2. Mary, I believe there is at least one book in you. Sometimes it’s just a matter of starting and simply trusting Holy Spirit to honor that. I am praying for a release for you!! Thank you for all your encouragement.

  3. I know this struck a chord in many of our hearts! I thank God for you and so appreciate what you wrote.

  4. 1 of many ok’s…. blessings in the obedience…

  5. This is Great! I asked the Lord why do I tend to doubt and feel the need to get a confirmation or affirmation from others regarding what He has spoken to me, His Word, that seemed way beyond my abilities. His answer was simple, “Trust ME.” Thank you for confirming what God has spoken to me and no doubt, to countless others so many times, “TRUST ME.” I am learning to just say “OK, be it unto me according to Your Word.”

  6. This is great! I don’t know how many times I have questioned having heard His Word to me and as a result sought out affirmation and confirmation from others. But when I simply decided to just ask the Lord, why do I doubt that it was Him I heard, or disqualify myself of such a massive undertaking, His response has always been “TRUST ME.” So I to am learning to say “okay, or respond as Mary responded, “…be it unto me according to Your Word.”

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