When You Make a Mistake Hearing from God

My nervous heart fluttered as we sat together on the warm verandah together and alone.  All other siblings were off buying KFC and somehow we weren’t. If I’d ever made a mistake hearing from God, I hoped it wasn’t now.

For the past 12 months God had been speaking to us in whispers that one day we would get married, and though we’d not discussed it, we both knew that  the other knew.

I was only 15 and he was 24.

Somehow it came out, sitting there on the verandah, and yet I wondered whether it should have?

And later, as we recounted our verbal steps, I think it shouldn’t have.  He said God had told him to wait till I was 16, but he blurted.

Make a Mistake Hearing From GodPhotography by Suzanne Rowe

And I think we all make mistakes speaking, more so than hearing from God.   God plants a seed in our hearts and we’re so excited we start peeking in through the dirt to see if it’s growing and disturbing the roots of what He’s doing.

Like a pregnancy that bursts into labour too soon.   Sure the baby may survive, but on life support.

It wasn’t a drastic mistake, but its one that we made over and over, pushing too soon.  Growth takes time.

But God can redeem such peeking and prodding.   We learn to be guided by His peace better and if we’re uneasy about something to press the pause button and pray until we can put the finger on the why and the change the plans.

There’s been other occasions where we’ve moved and done something, and it didn’t go to plan whatsoever.  Moved house and town and the business plan and partnership fallen apart on the last trailer load of furniture over those mountains.

My husband says sometimes its easier to steer a ship that’s already moving than to shove one off the port and God uses things that we want to move us in the direction He wants.

But you’re never a lost soul when God’s got your GPS (God Positioning Co-Ordinates).  There’s more than one way to the destiny, it’s just a matter of recalculating, because I didn’t see that turn off coming up and the exit on the round about wasn’t marked like I thought.   It’s about the journey not the destination; but trying not to take 40 years because of the attitude.

is that really you God

And in the throes of making a mistake hearing from God, I read from a man who learnt from his hearing mistakes, YWAM founder Loren Cunningham, and the title says it all. “Is That Really You God?”

Hearing from God about marriage, missions, money, parenting and falling flat on his face, but pressing on closer to hear better.



Writing in response to the Five Minute Friday prompt: SPEAK


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About Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth Ainsworth, a wife and mother in QLD Australia who shares her ponderings of faith at Where Deep Calls to Deep

19 thoughts on “When You Make a Mistake Hearing from God

  1. I’ve made many mistakes in my life, wrong turns and direct disobedience due to my lack of listening to God’s word. I’m grateful God never forsakes us. As they say, my mess is my message! Thank you for sharing your heart, Lizzy! I’m reminded of Psalm 37: 23-24 (NLT), “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

  2. Yes I understand about jumping the gun. I have to remind myself that God promised Abraham but it took a while right? I get excited about things too, that’s the visionary in me I think. I get this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing, Lizzy! Hearing from God is definitely something we need to practice. Listening closely and waiting to see it unfold…may you have lots of delightful moments hearing God’s voice!

  4. I enjoyed my visit, Lizzy. Hearing from God takes practice and discernment but I think that we often make it harder than it is. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. 🙂

  5. I’m so thankful that there is more than one way to God’s destination for us. It would be an even sadder world if there wasn’t that grace. It’s taken me many years to trust that it’s only a mistake from my perspective. Oh how he knows his foolish child! God uses even my sin to teach me, and those around me more about him. I think of the potter and the clay. A perfectly shaped pot doesn’t come about without a lot of time, practice, and mistakes first.

    Jumped over from FMF. I’m in the #7 spot this week.

    1. Yeh it’s very true, and learning to drive too can be a painful process. We’ve just spent the last 18 months teaching my younger sister to drive and she finally got her licence. God guides us through it all.

  6. My whole year has been like this. Maybe 2 years! I call it my Sarah moment. I knew God had promised me something and I believed it, but I kept trying to force it to happen (like Sarah with Hagar). Why did I think it was up to me?!

  7. I wonder if it is possible to mess up God’s plan… I’ve been in a quite similar situation. God told me about a guy and I have been waiting for so long, I then just blurted and tried to force the relationship. Kinda luckily it didn’t work out as I planned and I knew God was saying to me to wait before I screw up.. But I didn’t. What will happen? I don’t know if I should still hope for something or if I should just move on…
    I’m so lost right now….

    1. I think what happens in these sort of situations is like we are following a GPS to somewhere and we go off on a street that God probably said to wait on and then we have to do the re calculating route thing to get back on track and it can take some time. I don’t know about your particular situation but I do know from my experience and watching a few other people in very similar situation to yours that God uses these times to really shore up our foundations in Him. Praying for you. 🙂

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