She Heard God's Voice

The Vision statement for 5twelve City Church is, "People telling stories of Jesus changing lives through them." Today, I want to tell you a story.

A 13-year-old girl sat during worship with her mom. One member of the church stood up and said, "I have this sense that there are people here today who are caught in a storm - a spinning storm that feels inescapable. But the Lord said that He leads us beside still waters. If you are caught in a storm, we'd love to pray with you and over you. Will you have the courage to stand and allow us to pray?"

The girl looked at her mom and tentatively stood. Five others came and stood alongside her. One said, "I see this image of a work of art - a stained glass window, or a mosaic. Close up, it is made of broken pieces, and the picture makes no sense. But as the master craftsman sets each piece in its place, and as you stand back and look, the end result is a beautiful masterpiece. I don't know what you're going through (besides being a teenager and all that goes with that), but I know that God is taking the broken pieces of your life and creating a masterpiece."

Another said, "In Asian cultures when a piece of pottery is broken, they take the pieces and put them back together using gold. The finished item is much more beautiful than the original - the final result doesn't hide the brokenness but uses it to make something even more beautiful than it was before. Don't hide your brokenness; let God use it to make you into a shining display of His creative work in you."

Still another said, "Remember the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000? He asked a little boy to give up his lunch - a few pieces of bread and a couple of fish. Jesus didn't ask him for a banquet to feed all those people; he only asked for what the boy had. Whenever you feel like you're not enough, remember that Jesus doesn't want the person you're not. He just asks for what you already have."

They prayed these stories and images over the girl, and they loved her. She called her mom aside. She said, "You know I've been questioning my faith for a little while now. But today, I know that Jesus will speak to me directly, in a language I understand and identify with. I'm an artist, and mosaics and stained glass are among the most beautiful things to me. The idea of the artist creating something beautiful... I understand that. In a book I read recently, a piece of Chinese pottery was broken, and it hurt my heart that they couldn't fix it, but they could have! And He tells stories; I love stories; I understand stories. I don't know the Bible by heart, but I know the stories, and they mean so much to me. How could I not realize He's speaking directly to me? Thanks, mom, for bringing me today."

The story of the girl is true; I know because I'm the mom in that story. The obedience of a few people to listen when God said, "Go and tell her a story" convicted a young woman that she can hear His voice too. Whenever you hear Him calling you to speak, don't be silent. When you hear Him calling you to stand and listen, don't remain still. Obeying His voice in these seemingly little steps can change everything.

Do you have a story to tell? Let us know!
To hear more about hearing God's voice, check out this sermon series. Want to know more about hearing God's purpose for your life? See last Sunday's sermon, below.
- Sarah Jo Smith; 21 December 2019; Austin TX


Jurie Kriel - January 22nd, 2020 at 3:29pm

Thank you for sharing this!

Cheyanne - January 23rd, 2020 at 6:54pm

This is special! ❤️

Geraldine Loubser - January 24th, 2020 at 10:05am

Such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing such a precious moment.

Al Martin - January 31st, 2020 at 2:01pm

Thanks, Sarah Jo. This testimony will inspire others!