TO BECOME A SPIRITUAL ADVENTURER means learning to listen for the voice of God. This listening involves a certain level of risk and vulnerability that does not come easily. Here is the story of one woman who had many fears about really listening to God:
I remember a woman I met on a late-night flight to Indianapolis. She was a brilliant, successful Ph.D. who had consulted with corporations and had been a presidential speech writer. She possessed unique and powerful gifts. She had accomplished more in her three and a half decades than many persons do in a lifetime.
In our conversation she expressed her dread of self-confrontation. She described her fear of hearing a voice say, “All right, you have been given so much; now it is time for you to pay up.”
I wondered why she kept running away and asked, “Why don’t you listen to the Voice?”
Over the course of our hour-long conversation, she gave me three reasons: “I fear I would become a fanatic. … I also have a fear I would shatter into a thousand pieces if I listened to and obeyed the voice of God. …But, to tell the truth, I am afraid to listen for God because I want to control my life. I have plans for my life, and I don’t want God or anyone interfering with them.”
– Exploring the Way
From page 25 of Exploring the Way: An Introduction to the Spiritual Journey Participant’s Book. (The story of the woman is from Ben Campbell Johnson, Calming the Restless Spirit: A Journey Toward God (Upper Room Books, 1997), page 73. Exploring the Way Participant’s Book Copyright © 2005 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20, NRSV
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