God Doesn't Talk To Me

Should I do this?

Or should I do that?

I've never heard God's voice. He's never talked to me. He's never told me that I should buy this widget instead of that one.

I've tried to hear Him, believe me. I've listened hard. I've done some pretty outlandish things in the name of (what I perceived as) divine inspiration - only to realize I was wrong.

Dead wrong.

I've learned over time all I can really do is try and do the next right thing:

Will this take me closer to or further away from God?

What does the Bible or the Church say about this?

What would Jesus do?

What am I sure of that God does want me to do? (the Prayer of St. Francis is a good place to start - see the bottom of this post)

I've also learned that even though He doesn't speak directly to me, God speaks through other people to help guide me on my path. Again, if I go looking for it and try to single things out as a "sign" I can come up with some pretty absurd notions. Better to just take life as it comes, instead of searching for signs or an audible voice from the heavens.

Maybe one day I will happen upon a burning bush, but until then I'll stick with being satisfied seeing God's hand at work in hindsight.

 

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen