The Sixth Sense
Have you ever had one of those days where the well seems empty? It’s not as though anything tragic or challenging happened. But, you just can’t shake that empty feeling? Today is one of those days for me.
Sure, work went well today and it’s Friday. Now that we’re past 5:00 and we had our weekly ‘mini-date’ trip to Pei Wei, all we have to look forward to is the weekend. All should be good right?
Sometimes, even when things all seem rosy, our heart inside still senses things. On my mother’s side, that ‘sixth sense’ has always been strong. I remember nearly every time my mother would hear the phone ring, she would know who it was before she picked up. Throughout my life, she has had a sense of whether I was feeling ok or in trouble even when I lived a thousand miles away.
My grandmother was the same way. She just had that sense to know more than meets the eye. There was no telling a lie around her. She would know. Her mother, my great grandmother, had such a strong ability to sense things that the local police would consult with her on some of their cases.
Over the course of my life, I’ve found that same sense as part of who I am as well. Particularly with family, but also with people at work and with strangers. The Mrs. will have that sense from time-to-time. For her, it feels like, in her words, ‘gut rot’. It’s just that gnawing sensation that pulls at your heart.
What is it that gives us that ‘knowing’ of something or someone? For the world, they like to call it a ‘psychic ability’. I don’t hold to that belief, myself. Instead, I see it as how God has made us. We all have a soul and there is life beyond this one. Even the world’s top scientists would agree to the concept of there being different dimensions than we are able to see with our eyes.
At my college, Oral Roberts University, they had (still do) a philosophy of ‘Educating the Whole Man’ – mind, body, and spirit. We were not only challenged mentally with our studies, but we were also required to keep a regular exercise routine and attend chapel twice a week along with church. That may sound like a lot, but it truly was a great philosophy to live by and one I try to live by today.
The concept that we have a spirit (soul) is one that has been left out of many secular schools. Yet, nearly all major religions agree on that point. It’s that soul within, that speaks to us. It may be a feeling, a still small voice, a ‘knowing’, or even a pulling sensation to do something or call someone.
There have been more times that I can count when I’ve had a sense to double-check my blind side while driving only to see a car coming that would have hit me if I hadn’t have looked. Or times when I’ve had a sense of something the kids were involved with only to later find out it was right (even though they emphatically denied it at the time I confronted them about it).
If it’s our heart talking to us, and God created us, then reason would stand that, at times, it may be God speaking with us. That ‘Sixth Sense’ may be more than just a fearful emotion or a sadness brought on by a bad day.
It may be God trying to tell us something. It may be God asking us to pray for someone. It may even be God asking us to help someone (especially if we just can’t get that person off our minds for some reason). He works in this world through us, and because God is a Spirit, He works through our spirit, or soul if you will, to direct and guide us.
I’m going to seek His guidance on what this gut sense I’m having tonight is. He may just be asking me to pray for someone. Maybe even you. Whatever it is, I’m sure His plan is for the good and I just need to do my part by listening and praying.
If you’re like me that way, I want to encourage you to not just dismiss those senses. They may just be Him talking with you. If it’s one that just won’t go away, I’d bet it is. And, if it is, He may just want to use you to pray for, talk with, or help someone in need. Because, that’s just the way He is…
Love always friends,
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