A formless void is transformed into a spectacular world filled with light, land, water, vegetation, creatures and human beings. A man and woman holding on to a promise from God receive a son in their old age against the odds. A nation is brought out of slavery and conquers its promised land. All of these things are the result of an almighty God speaking.
Eighteen months ago, I was sitting on my couch sipping a cup of tea when I heard a still, small voice say, “You need to make the most of your time in Scotland because I am moving you to the USA.” My response went something like this; “Surely that’s not you God. I mean, that sounds crazy! If it’s you, then some big things need to happen. So I’m leaving it in your hands for you to do what only you can do.”
At that time, my life was very full. I had a great job at the local children’s hospital, I was helping plant a church and I had just bought a house. My life was becoming rooted and good things were happening. It did not make sense (to me) for God to speak to move to America.
I thought nothing more about this possible jump across the pond. In fact, I didn’t even mention it to anyone and simply continued going about my everyday life. However four months later, I received a phone call that changed everything. “Leisa, we would like you to pray about moving back to Waco to work for Antioch.” My initial reaction was one of shock and discomfort as I thought about all the things I would be giving up, but I remembered the prophetic word God spoke four months earlier. I thought, “There is something in me saying this is the right thing to do. But I still do not understand why you would take a woman from a nation in so much need of God and plant her in the Bible belt of America!” It took me six months to say yes, and in that process, God spoke to me about places of deep surrender. As I stepped out in faith, I would step onto the path to inherit His promises.
So in February of this year, I left my bonnie home-nation of Scotland and landed in the lone star state of Texas; all because of a simple whisper. I wonder how Mary felt when the Angel visited her and told her she would birth the Savior of the world? Her response, “May it be done according to your word,” always amazes me (Luke 1:38). She knew the road ahead would be difficult, but at the same time, she knew her God. She magnified the Lord as the “mighty one [who had] done great things” for her in the midst of what seemed impossible (Luke 1: 49). Her response was a simple, “yes.”
There is a creative power released when God speaks and we agree with it. In Isaiah 55: 10-11 (NASB), God says:
“For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
As we agree with God in the things He speaks to our hearts, whether it be through his written Word or his still, small voice, He will be faithful to accomplish all He desires in and through our lives. There is always something He wants to say. The question is, are we listening and are we responding to him?
So, the next time you are sitting down to your cup of tea, or coffee in the case of a considerable amount of Americans, take a moment to tune in to the whisper of Father God. You just never know where it may take you.