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Tuesday, 25 May 2021 07:00

A Conversation with God

 2021.32.A Conversation with God.JA

I have been particularly seeking to hear more from the Holy Spirit – the voice of God. I was on my 3-day solitude facing hectares of land of green trees and hills at Mt Carmel where the MGL Sisters in Sydney live.  It was a lovely, sunny day and was the second day of my solitude. God had been silent, but I was not worried about it because when I go on solitude, I always expect a conversation with him regarding what is on my heart or a particular situation in my life.

I was telling him what I was sensing he was saying to me, that he was inviting me to love without condition.  I said to him jokingly, “Lord I feel like you want me to be a superwoman”. While looking at the stunning blue sky, I asked, “Lord, how can I have a relationship with the Holy Spirit”? I was quite surprised actually to ask this, because I thought I already have some kind of relationship with him in my prayer, which is evident in the events of my life and what is transformed in my heart. I knew, that his Spirit was active during these times of prayer.

Then I heard God said “Julie, it’s me. The Spirit and I are one. When you trust him, you trust me. When you serve him, you serve me. When you love him, you love me. It is me Julie.  I am he”. And I replied “Then why do you have a different name?” and the voice said “because Jesus was a man, the Spirit is God in Spirit – the fullness of ME.  I am with you till the end of time”.

I was not surprised about this answer for the Scripture already revealed these things. Even his promise to be with me always as it says in John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever”. However, I was gladly overwhelmed that Jesus responded to my question as easy and as gentle as that, like a friend spending a loving, quality time with a friend and having a chat. God has a way to speak to me and this indeed is a gift to my life.

This consoled me and affirmed my confidence in hearing his voice more and more. Notice that he mentions my name twice.  This led me to seek from Scriptures the times when God speaks and calls a name of a person twice and why. There are many to mention, but some of them are Abraham (Gen 22:11), Moses (Ex 3:4), Samuel (3:1-10), Martha (Lk 10:38-42, and Peter (Lk 22:31-32). These names are the people with whom Jesus has a special relationship. He calls their name twice, to speak words that have power and effect into their lives. He is saying something very important, and that one whom he calls must take heed. This gives me joy. His words are truth and he lovingly speaks it whenever it needed.

So here it is. “He who has ears, let him hear” (Mt 11:15; Rev 2:29), because happy are those people who listen to him. (Prov 8:34).

Julie Adlawan