Voices In My Head

October 24th, 2007 • Category: Book of Acts
by Julie Benson

Today’s scripture: Acts 10:9-33 (NRSV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me in this passage? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (Julie Benson):

Do you listen to the voices in your head? You know — the voices that appear out of nowhere and make conversation with you.

Sometimes the voices give words of comfort and encouragement: OK, so that didn’t go so well. It won’t help to sit and stew about it. Take a deep breath and move on. We’ll get it next time!

Sometimes the voices are grim or gruesome and I wonder where they came from: What if a burglar breaks into my home and not only steals my possessions, but kills my three cats, leaving them hanging in a horrific display?

Sometimes the voices say weird, non-sequitur statements like: Of all the families I could be born into, I got this one. Look at that fly crawling on the table. I could have ended up being a fly like that. . . or maybe a grasshopper. . . or maybe an ostrich!

And sometimes the voices direct me to move in ways that don’t always make sense: Travel this different route home today. . . Pay for the drive-thru order of the car behind you. . . Make conversation with this woman in line.

Both Peter and Cornelius listened to the voices they were hearing. These voices — some may call them God; others may call them angels or something else — prepared these men’s hearts and brought them together so that the Good News would be shared with a people previously declared unclean — that is, unworthy. What would have happened if either of these men ignored their inner voice?

Thought for the day: Don’t ignore those voices in your head. You may hear something profound!

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