Follow Your Instincts

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Have you ever been in a place where you just know in your heart this is what you are supposed to do? Sometimes it can be against all odds, but something inside is telling you keep doing what you are doing, you are making the right decision.

One day I had an opportunity to ask this colleague of mine that I used to work with; the question was ‘when and how he knew that he was going to marry his wife?’And he said the day he saw his wife for the first time something inside him said she was going to be his wife. I asked him ‘did you just go and talk to her, and that conversation led you that way or there was something else?’ He said, “No.., something told me to look across the room, and I saw this beautiful woman, I looked at her, and she looked me, and my heart inside said, this is it, she is the one. So, I quickly walked towards her, and introduced myself, and it all started from there.” I said ‘that’s it!’ And he said, “Yes, that’s all it took.” He said they also dated for a while, but not to confirm that if he was going to marry her, because from the beginning he knew he was going to marry her. He dated her as to get to know this woman that he has been imagining and waiting to meet for a really long time. He said, “Helen, my intuition never led me wrong. Now we have a wonderful marriage and beautiful children. We have had our tough moments, but we have been able to overcome many of them. I am happy, the last time I checked she said she is happy too.” He also said there was a time he was not sure if she was going to say yes, because she really looked unsure about their future together. Even though that got him worried, but his intuition kept saying ‘she was the one, and he was on the right path.’

I can relate with him, few of my best decisions I have ever made in my life was because I followed my instincts. I knew I have got to do it, and I did it, even though there were times I said, “God help me, I really don’t know whether what I am doing is best for me, or why I am even doing this in the first place.”

Bishop T.D. Jakes said, “Intellect can describe it, but only instincts can find it.” It’s good to have knowledge to describe something, but only your instinct or intuition can find it or distinguish that thing. You can have all the knowledge you want, but still lack the right judgment on things in some situations.

My colleague knew what a type of woman he wanted to marry or something like that, but the day he saw her, his instinct helped him to be able to find her or distinguished her from the crowd. He probably had met so many women before, but she was the one that his instincts led him, and it turned out to be the right move or decision.

I used to be in this relationship, and for the first time I really liked the guy I was dating. Actually, I thought I was in love. I also used to imagine myself with him that we were in that relationship for the long haul. Most of my few dates I have ever had never lasted over six months, but with him we dated almost for two years, and to be precisely I can say one year and half. I really liked this guy, but a couple of family members at the time I was dating him told me I was blind; they had their concerns. And I told them I was not blind, I was just looking at things using a different light. I even went down on my knees and prayed to ask God if we were meant to be together, and if not, may God’s Will for my life be done. But looking back, it must not have been God’s plans for me to be with him. You see, we were not really compatible, and my instincts kept telling me it was a short-term purpose relationship to teach me something. After him, I dated another guy for three months, and said that’s it! It’s about time to follow that wise saying that says, “You don’t have to date a lot of people to find your Prince charming, or King for you’ll Queens out there.” And so, I asked God to take the steering wheel.

Oprah Winfrey has this famous quote that says, “Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” It is important to follow your instincts or intuitions, some of us also call it “God’s Voice Inside Us,” or “Inner Guidance.”

Have you ever been in a situation where for example, something told you that you should not get into that train, wait for the next one? And then you followed you instincts and got in the next train instead, but then just two stops ahead on the way you found out that first train was stuck in the middle of the railroad, and it’s waiting for a train rescuing crew or team. You were glad that by God’s grace you were able to listen to your intuition, or heed to that God’s voice inside you. Because some of the people that day didn’t get to their workplace on time, but you did.

This is why it is important that you pray every day; some people pray frequently throughout the day, some every morning and night, but the point is that you pray. And I have found out, when we pray and asking God for guidance, we can trust that our days will be led by our intuitions or instincts.

You see, we do make decisions every day. We run into all kinds of things every day. So each day we pray, we commit to God to guide us that day. Therefore as we continue with our daily businesses, do our daily things, and continue to use our intellects, and the knowledge that we know, we need to remember that when that voice of intuition comes; it will be a wise thing if we give it a careful thought.

For us Christians for instance, we have the Bible and God’s Word to govern us. A couple of reasons we read the Bible are to learn about God and His ways and get familiar with His Word so that when we are faced with situations we have enough wisdom to know what to do. But we also have the Holy Spirit of God to guide us on daily basis, and He is our intuition really. My friend in case you didn’t know, The Holy Spirit does speak. And He uses various ways; He can speak with you while you are reading a certain Bible passage, and suddenly you get this insight or answer that you have been looking for a while. He speaks through other people; sometimes even send them to your way, maybe to tell you something, or give you something. The Holy Spirit can use songs to speak to you. Several times I have found myself singing gospel songs, some of them I haven’t heard in years. Sometimes I would even write these song lyrics from nowhere, the words would come, and I would just write. And then when I am done putting them together, re-read them, I found out God was trying to tell me something.  The Holy Spirit will also speak to you from inside you; it can come like this little voice from inside. And you will just know it when you hear it.

In the Bible in the book of John chapter 10, reading from verse 2 to 5, Jesus said, “The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Also in the same book and chapter, in verse 27 Jesus said, “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” In another Bible translation it says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

So follow your instincts. Busy people can tell you, when it comes to make daily decisions, they really do not have time to look at all facts, therefore many times they rely on their instincts. But if you are one of those people who likes to rely more on your own strengths and it has always worked for you, then go for it.

In the Bible in the book of Proverbs chapter 3, verse 5 to 6, it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Trust that God is with you to guide you daily. Trust God’s wisdom, and also that His hand is leading you and help you make right decisions.

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