God Is Speaking to You

Taking a spiritual look at events and issues of special interest to young people.

God speaks to everybody in a way he or she can understand. Isn't that great? God is always communicating. He's there to comfort you, guide you, tell you what you need to know at school, in sports, even in a difficult relationship with someone.

God is the one creator -- the source of all right ideas. And it's natural for us to understand Him because it's our real nature to express Him. But we need to listen to God. Otherwise we don't even realize we're getting all this wonderful support and perfect guidance.

God is providing love and help to all of us, equally, though we may hear His messages in different ways. Sometimes something may just stand out as the right way to go. Sometimes we actually hear words. Often God's guidance comes in the form of helpful ideas that bring peace.

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One time a good friend of mine felt guided by God to roll on the ground! Let me explain. He was washing the house with bleach and water before painting it. To reach the second story he had to stand way up high on an extension ladder, with a bucket of bleach in one hand and a brush in the other.

My friend is always very careful about doing projects safely, and he was used to working on ladders. Yet somehow that day he hadn't noticed that the extension part of his ladder wasn't locked securely. All of a sudden, when he was near the top of the ladder, the upper part started to drop -- fast. There he was, holding on to the bucket and the brush, falling.

I'm happy to say that my friend knew he could turn to God just as fast as that ladder could drop. And that's just what he did. He quickly turned his thought to God by remembering a simple but powerful fact that he had learned: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." That is a fact told in the Bible, in the book of Psalms (46:1). "OK," he thought, "God is right here to help me. I can rely on Him right here right now." Christian Science, which was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy through studying the Bible, especially the life of Jesus Christ, will show you, through explaining the Bible's spiritual messages, more of the reasons why my friend could find wonderful help and protection in that verse.

He was thinking of the verse quickly, and God did help him. First, the thought came to him that he should jump off the ladder (which was starting to fall away from the house). Then the thought came to him how to land on the ground. My friend said it was clear to him that he should land the way football players sometimes do, diving toward the ground and rolling as soon as they land. So he did, and he wasn't hurt.

The only problem was that the bleach mixture had splashed all over his chest and face, and it had gotten into his eyes. He was afraid his eyes might be hurt or his vision messed up. But then he remembered again that God had been right there to help him, and that just as he had been protected from being hurt by the fall, he would be protected from being hurt by the bleach. He washed off his face, and his eyes and skin were completely fine. That's significant, because the shirt and baseball cap he was wearing, which I saw later, were all bleached out!

It's great to know that God is not only always with us, to help us in any situation, but is also communicating the right ideas to us in exactly the best way. A hymn I know says that God "knows the angels that you need, / And sends them to your side, / To comfort, guard and guide" (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 9). This makes even more sense when you read something about angels in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy. It describes angels as "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (p. 581).

The next time you need help, whether you're working on a project or doing homework, facing a physical illness or the pressure to do something you feel isn't right, you can listen to God. He is present every moment to help you. He's sending you exactly the right angels, or thoughts, to do the work, solve the problem, or heal the illness. You can be sure, too, that God's help comes just as fast as you need it.

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