My junior year, I had made a friend. I don’t even remember her name, but I remember we hit it off. We shared a class, passed notes even did a couple things together. We were not super, super close, but we were friendly enough to swap phone numbers and share personal experiences with each other.
Then summer came. We didn’t have our class together anymore and our interactions became less and less frequent. Then after a few weeks into summer, I got a thought that I should call her. But, being busy with the ever so important social schedule of a 17 year old, I didn’t do it. The thought kept coming over and over. After a while, I started telling myself, “I have no reason to call her.” Or, “We have been out of touch for so long it would be dumb for me to call her now.” Even, “She won’t remember me.”
No matter how often I felt that feeling of “Call your friend,” I would look sideways and ignore the feeling.
By the time fall came around, I told myself I would find her and catch up… making up for lost time. But as I looked, I couldn’t find her. I asked around and finally one of my teachers told me the story. Thankfully, it wasn’t worse.
My 16 year old friend had conceived a child with a man 8 years her senior. They got married and moved away. I never made contact with her again.
When the Spirit speaks, ACT!
My problem is, I have a hard time telling when the spirit is speaking to my heart of when it is just me. Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don’t. But through the guidance of our church leaders, I have learned that if it is a GOOD thought, act on it. If it produces good results, follow through.