What Happened?

“Some people complain because God puts thorns on roses, while others praise God for putting roses among thorns.”

~ Author Unknown. th

The belief in God was never really a question for me. I believe, although my understanding of God has oscillated through the seasons of my life.

I will admit, however, that I never understood/accepted the testimony of people saying that God had spoken to them. I just couldn’t get my arms (and intellectual brain)  around the idea.

Until yesterday.

I was at Mass and listening to Fr. Raymond, a new priest at our church. He was introducing himself and talking about growing up in and around Brooklyn, NY and how he ultimately ended up in Aiken, SC.  I believe he will be a great addition to our parish and assistant for our pastor. He shared that his plan had been to be a physician, but spoke of God having other plans for him and as he put it, “Man plans and God laughs”.

As he was speaking those words, and without any warning, something enveloped me and very clear instructions were spoken to me.  The instructions were for me to take a path that I had never considered, or even thought about casually. The “voice” also told me why I needed to do so.

Fourteen words that will likely change my life forever.

I had never experienced such an event and I promise you that no alcohol or recreational pharmaceuticals were involved.

Instantly, there was no doubt that I needed to obey.

As tears welled up in my eyes, I wondered what I had just experienced?

Later that afternoon, (as she walked in the house carrying some groceries)  I shared what had happened with my wife and Alicia is supportive of what needs to be done.


I am not going to disclose the words I heard, at least for now.

Maybe someday, maybe never.

On Saturday, if someone told me that I would experience what I did on Sunday, I  would be sarcastically dismissive.

Yet, today the journey begins.

Is there anyone out there who has had a similar experience?

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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9 Responses to What Happened?

  1. Yes, it’s happened a couple of times. Rare and it changed my life.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Candice says:

    Yes, but only twice. One answered a spiritual question that had been bothering me, and the other changed the direction my future would take.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jenny says:

    I, like you, am not usually a believer in such messages. However, I have heard them twice, and I followed. Can’t wait to hear where this takes you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. josiesvoice says:

    Yes but not in actual words being heard. As if it spoke silently through my heart and mind, like a vibe. Your recent experience means that you still have to do more of God’s work here on earth. We all do it on Gods time and His planning.

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  5. Val Boyko says:

    Yes 💛 It happened once many years ago and it changed my life and direction. I’ve been letting go every since and still have echoes of this message when I am surrounded by love.


  6. E. says:

    Gobsmacked. Or maybe Godsmacked. Go! E.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Debra says:

    Very definitely I have experienced this, Ray. The “voice” is clear and unmistakeable. You know it when you know it! I’m glad you shared.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Dan says:

    Prayers for you, on the journey to “what’s next.”

    Liked by 1 person

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