Embracing the Divine Nudge

Photo: Sister Nancy A. Sell, OSF

Do you remember a time when someone asked you to do something that involved using your gifts and your first inner response was, “I don’t know.  I don’t think I can do that.  I am not ready.”  Upon further thought, however, you decided to trust and say “yes”.  Your “yes” really stemmed from the  person’s faith and trust in you which resonated with something deep within turning a doubt into a “yes.”  Have you had this experience where you felt as though you were walking on holy ground with a “divine nudge” springing forth deep within encouraging you to be open to new ways of seeing life?

This “divine nudge” can come through others.  It also comes in the midst of stillness rising up from within at least expected times.  The “divine nudge” comes  when we are “ready or not.”    Yet, the promise is there, “I am with you always.”

In the Gospel of John (2:1-11) from the Christian scriptures a scene opens involving Mary of Nazareth, her son Jesus and his friends the disciples.   Mary notices that the wine is running out at the wedding feast they are attending.  She mentions this fact to Jesus.  Mary knew that Jesus could help them.  His first response was that he was not ready, it wasn’t the time.  Mary, however, knew her son well.  Soon Jesus took steps to insure there was more wine.  Even though he initially felt he was not ready, Mary’s encouragement allowed him to take action.

Regardless of age and circumstances,  life often asks something of us “ready or not.”   For children it may mean learning life lessons that are difficult, for a high school student standing up to peer pressure, for others saying yes to growing up quickly in the face of difficulties, for still others saying yes to something may mean facing life changing situations that are totally unexpected and not according to plan yet trusting that all will be well.  For still others saying yes may mean dealing with unexpected health issues and questions of safety.  At any age saying yes may mean facing declining health and imminent passing to the next life.  For still others saying yes involves choosing life in the midst of an unknown path.

The “divine nudge” comes at times we least expect it.   Along with our “yes” the “divine nudge” comes with the assurance we are not alone.

Our invitation is to embrace the divine nudge.

Blessings and peace

About SisterNancy

I am a Catholic Sister, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I enjoy swimming and nature: hiking in the mountains and along rolling hills, sitting by water and walking through the various seasons of life. I am a spiritual director, spirituality consultant, chaplain and retreat director. You can contact me at sisternancyosf@gmail.com
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