April 28: The Intuitive Sense

pinkpalmtreesIntuition is a spiritual faculty, and does not explain, but simply points the way.  Florence Scovel Shinn

Sarah refers to intuition as “the subliminal sense Spirit endowed us with to maneuver safely through the maze that is real life.”  We have all experienced the positive results of listening to our intuition, as well as the negative results that come when we ignore it.

When I decided to move to Florida from upstate New York in 2005, I knew, deep down in my gut, that it was a move I was supposed to be making.  Intellectually, it made no sense.  I had a great job.  I had just bought the house I was in and renovated it barely a year before.  I was a single mother.  I had no idea how I would find the energy or wherewithal to do everything it would take to sell my home, find a job a three-hour flight away, find a new home, and have all of the pieces of the puzzle work in such a way that I could make it all happen.  I couldn’t imagine how it would all come together, I just knew deep down in my spirit that I had to do it.  I forged forward in a total leap of faith, and the entire process went off without a hitch.  My house sold the day I flew to Florida for job interviews.  I had a job offer before returning to New York at the end of that weekend.  My new employer was willing to wait three months for me to start so that my son could finish the school year.  I somehow found the energy and strength to pack up the house, find a new house, and get everything moved 1300 miles away. During that period, I heard a sermon at church that couldn’t have rung more true:  When you listen to where you are being led, and you follow, you will find yourself in the zone.

The ease with which that move happened was only the tip of the iceberg.  The life that I have led since making that move has stretched beyond my wildest imagination.  None of what I am experiencing today would have happened had I not listened to my gut and took that leap of faith.

It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.  Katharine Butler Hathaway, 1946

In today’s busy world, it is easy to get caught up in all of our responsibilities and difficult to force ourselves to take the time to just stop and listen.  Listen to the voice of God.  Prayer is more than talking to God; more importantly, it is listening to what He has to say.  It is only through the quiet stillness that we can really hear where He is leading us.  If we stop and listen, and we are willing to take that leap of faith that Sarah speaks of and follow where we are being led, the possibilities are endless.  I can’t wait to see what He has planned next.  Will you take the leap with me?



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