God Talks to Ordinary People

God spoke to an ordinary teenager named Mary. (Contrary to paintings, she didn’t have a permanent halo.)

What a surprising message He had for her. “You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and you will call him Jesus.”

That was so long ago. Does God still speak to people?

Yes. And He doesn’t confine His messages to words.

god speaksHe speaks through dreams, nature, events and thoughts. He speaks through stories and the experiences of others. He speaks through His Word, the Bible.

God never stops speaking. Twenty-four hours a day, every day, He communicates with ordinary people because He’s a personal God with a personal message.

Who is listening?

Mary listened. She didn’t argue with God or hold a meeting with her friends to get consensus on whether or not it was really Him speaking to her. The message she received was delivered by an angel and the message was so unbelievable that if she had polled her friends they would’ve been unanimous in their agreement that the angel’s message definitely wasn’t from God.

What should we do when God speaks? Mary responded with this: ‘I am the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.’

Often we ignore God because we’re afraid to look foolish.

Better to be foolish for God than to be thought wise by men.

Usually, listening to God doesn’t make us look foolish but it can cost us time, money or some sacrifice.

This idea planted itself in my mind. Open your home to your neighbours and invite them to come for a Bible study. I was new in town. I didn’t know my neighbours. I had two pre-schoolers. The idea wouldn’t leave. I told the only friend I had in the neighbourhood about it. She was thrilled and urged me to do it. I supplied the home and the teaching. She brought in the people. Together, we were a team. Out of that home Bible study came many exciting God-stories and friendships.

Is God talking to you?

listenLet’s strive to be more like Mary, willing to risk embarrassment, willing to look ridiculous, willing to say yes to God.

This Christmas season, read the nativity story in Matthew and Luke with fresh eyes. See Mary and all the others involved, not as saints and icons, but as ordinary people like you and me because that’s what they were.


Rose McCormick Brandon’s books are available at her website, Writing from the Heart.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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3 Responses to God Talks to Ordinary People

  1. Soraya Rosaria says:

    I love this…. This is a topic that needs to be shared more!!! Thank you!
    Just wrote a new page… It’s the theme of my blog…

  2. God IS Speaking. Oh that I would listen to Him all the time. It’s in Him I live and move and have my being. Help me be still Lord and listen. Lord help us to listen to you with our spirits our hearts and trust the good news you always bring.

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