Last week I had a car beside me at a red light with this on the license plate: dilgnce.
If I added two vowels I saw the word, diligence. The reason this spoke to me is because one of the biggest conversations Iâ€™ve ever had with God happened by way of license plates. I know he was reminding me with lovingkindness that what He stirred in me in 2005 required diligence to press on towards the goal. I stand amazed at how He has supernaturally gotten my attention. I am even more amazed that I am listening! Read on.
God spoke to me on the highway a year and a half ago traveling a daily errand route. Isnâ€™t that how He does it? He picks the most ordinary way of talking to us, simple people and simple tasks. The hard part is when Heâ€™s trying to get our attention. It can be uncomfortable, uneasy and downright frustrating but when He gets our attention it is because He has something to say. Hereâ€™s what the God of the universe said to me that day after He used all his techniques to get my attention.
I looked up ahead of me and on a license plate read:
This is fitting I said to myself, I need to be reminded of this. I looked up and thought, Thanks God for the gentle reminder.
Not five seconds later another car passes on the left and the plate reads:
Whoa. A complete sentence. Well, if Iâ€™ve ever had a moment that God is trying to tell me something it was then. He simply told me, Oh grow up in the word, Shelley.
A sentence made on a daily errand route, no voices, no familiar facesâ€¦ just the way he always talked to his peopleâ€¦ indescribably the Holy Spirit.
I can honestly tell you the previous monthâ€™s series of events brought me to a breaking point. Otherwise, I wouldâ€™ve missed the whole thing. Had I not started that particular month crying over Melodi turning six my heart would not have been softened. Also anxiety beyond explanation became a thorn in my side; all of sudden God became a little bit bigger. Sickness invaded a usually healthy household and the physical ailments in my infant son Canon caused major fatigue in the thirtysomething members of the house. Again, slowing me down, however, I chose to fight it all the way. The big SUV being crumpled like aluminum foil got my attention too. I had no kids in the car, wasnâ€™t on the phone, it was beautiful weather and there appeared to be no good reason to have rear ended someone who just happened to be someone who I actually knew. Ugh.
And seeing a particular Bible study workbook I had shelved, waiting on me for the right momentâ€¦. the right faith building momentâ€¦. captured my hurting heart, exasperated mind, tired body and I knew He had my attention. He wants for me what Heâ€™s always wanted. To grow up in the word. I can only take those baby steps for so long. Physically, we all learn to stand and walk and then run. He wants it to be the same way for us spiritually. Itâ€™s time to grow up in His word. Diligence is necessary to what He has asked me to do. I appreciate the gentle reminder and want to pass this on to you Dear Sister. Oh, grow up in the word. Daily determination. Discourse with God. Diligence.