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Hearing God’s Voice (a.k.a. God’s Potty Talk)

Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Sunday

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Lightning and earthquakes, a throne in the heavens: God always seems so lofty in Scriptures. In my early walk with God, even when I read that Jesus didn’t take showers and slept with a rock for a pillow, that he ate fish for breakfast and had nowhere to live, that his feet were filthy and people insisted he wash them whenever he visited, and that there was no shampoo—I still thought of him as lofty. He’s holy for matza bread’s sake, and holiness has at least a hint of loftiness.

(Did I really read all that in the Bible?  Well, okay, maybe I’m fillin’ in the blanks.)

My husband, Mark, told me a story once that has stayed with me and continued to chip away at some of my assumptions of God and His willingness to approach us—even though He is holy.

Stressed by cramming for oppressive college finals, Mark sat and obsessed over index cards, shoving so much information into his cranium it hurt.  Worry was spreading from his wrinkled brow, through his torso (making it shudder), to the ingrown toenail on his left foot, and he couldn’t shake it.

Suddenly, a voice spoke.  “DON’T YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU?” it said.

Mark looked up sharply, and when he didn’t see anyone, he looked to the left and right in search of the source of the voice.

No one was there.  At least, no one he could see.

Most believers who hear him tell this story understand that it was God’s voice. That was the conclusion Mark came to, and he was amazed. Hearing God’s audible voice is something humans rarely experience, so he has never forgotten it.

But I, being sick of mind, am more impressed by where God spoke to him. What I haven’t told you yet is that Mark sat on the toilet when the audible voice of God reached down from the heavens to touch him.

How weird.

At least, I used to think so, but why?  Most likely it’s because I struggle with maintaining a perfect balance in my head.  God is holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, and He is intimate, friendly, and tolerant. This dichotomy causes such a tension in me.  As a flawed human, I like to rest in what is concrete (it is either this or that). This leads to extremes.  The in-between isn’t comfortable.

I am getting better at this, but I still haven’t arrived. Holy yet approachable—that’s what He is.

For any of us who are prone to swing to the “lofty” extreme, the take-away from this blog would be that God knows we poop, and He wants to have relationship with us even in our most indelicate moments.


About The Author

Denise Miller Holmes
Denise Miller Holmes enjoys teaching biblical topics, and especially researching and communicating what Christians believe about the world around them. She sometimes turns established viewpoints on end. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Journalism, Denise also has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, and has been a Christian for over 35 years. She belongs to the writers’ groups Words for the Journey and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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