As I was driving down a narrow rural highway near where we live, I had a most unusual experience of hearing God. The area is hilly and has many curves. Suddenly, I had a strong urge to drive on the shoulder. My first mental response was, “No, I shouldn’t drive on the shoulder.” Just after that thought, the urge came to me a little stronger. Immediately, I reasoned that instruction I have received taught me not to drive on the shoulder. Another thought that came rushing in was the shoulder is where debris, nails and pieces of metal end up and I need my tires to last a long time. Then, a third time, a very strong urge to drive on the shoulder came upon me so I steered over to the shoulder. The moment I was completely on the shoulder, an 18-wheel tanker truck came over the hill fully in my lane. Had I not responded to that urging, that big tanker would have hit my minivan head on.
Many people would not have any difficulty in believing the Lord might speak to them in a prayer meeting, in the auditorium, down around the front with soaking music playing at just the right volume. Most of us likely picture Father speaking to us in a quiet voice or a brief, breathy whisper. While those are wonderful experiences, we can also “hear” Father through an urge or a thought or even an impression, a hunch, a sense about a matter, dreams, visions, prophecies and timely statements by a brother or sister in Christ during the course of a seemingly normal conversation. You were made to hear God. You can hear God, receive direction from God and receive confirmations and warnings from God. “He that has an ear to hear, let him hear.”