Published on August 31st, 2013 | by Mannie Ramos0
Shut Up and Listen! God is Talking . . .
For the past 33 years I’ve changed towns like I change clothes, going from HoustonAtlantaVegas like the Drizzy Drake song. When I stopped running from my demons and got right with God, I was in Charlotte, North Carolina. That’s when the dream of acting I’d pushed out of my mind long ago resurfaced. This time, I decided to do something I had never done before: pray about a potential move to LA and see what God had to say.
I prayed for days and heard nothing. Was He listening? Could He hear me? Maybe He’s like Sookie in True Blood. He doesn’t want to hear everyone’s thoughts because the noise gets so loud.
On the third day, I was about to give up. Then I finally heard Him. He told me the move was going to be a blessing for my career and for my current non-existent love life. He also told me to keep this information on the DL. Don’t tell anyone.
I kept my mouth shut for three days before breaking down. One by one, I told my family and friends. Girl, you crazy! You’ve done enough moving around. LA is too expensive. You just want to move so you can try and get back with your ex-boyfriend. He don’t want you. They talked me out of it; I re-signed my lease, the yearning for dreams deferred remained and I didn’t hear from God for a long time.
That was a year ago. I recently prayed to God about the same thing – again. His voice was loud and clear this time. You want me to talk to you but you don’t listen when you hear my voice. What? That wasn’t what I expected. But what could I say? He kept it so real. I should have listened to what God told me to do, when He told me to do it. Instead, I cheated myself out of my blessings and put the opinions of human beings over the word of God. But I haven’t been the first to make this mistake.
God told Sampson his strength lied in his hair. Sampson told Delilah; she chopped it off and he was blinded by the Philistines. He lost his blessing, his eyes and his life. (Judges 16: 4-21) God lead the Israelites to the land of milk and honey. The spies came back with an evil report of giants in the land. They talked the whole nation out of their blessing. (Numbers 13: 26-33) By the time God sent the angel Gabriel to Zacharias, He must have been tired of us talking ourselves out of our blessings. When old Zacharias doubted Gabriel’s prophecy for a son (John the Baptist), Gabriel shut Zacharias’ mouth until John was born. (Luke 1).
How many more people have destroyed their blessings? We may never know because we don’t hear about them. But we all know the stories of the abundantly blessed.
The whole town must have been laughing at Noah when he was building the ark. If he didn’t listen to God and ignore them we wouldn’t be here today or have the rainbow covenant. (Genesis 6 -9) When God told Abraham to use his son for a burnt offering, Abraham didn’t ask his family for a second opinion. That’s why through his family line, all the nations of the earth are blessed. (Genesis 22:1-19) When Gabriel appeared to Mary prophesying the birth of Jesus, she was smart enough to not run around asking for everyone’s opinion. Without her faith, none of us would be able to enter Heaven. (Luke 2:19)
I’m moving to LA in January. I’m not sure what’s going to happen when I get there. I don’t know if I’ll land a major movie roll or reconnect with my ex. It doesn’t even matter. If God told me to do it, He has something amazing planned for me. That’s why I’m keeping my mouth shut, my ears open and embracing whatever He has in store.