Singer Natalie Grant speaks eloquently in Finding Your Voice by sharing that it was precisely when she lost her voice that God spoke most clearly. Understandably, when Grant lost her ability to sing prior to a trip to India, she was forced to stay quiet and simply listen. Grant describes how in that “quiet” she discovered that like many Christians she’s known, she had begun living off what she already knew about Jesus rather than pressing into His presence daily.
“In my own life, I was really falling short of continuing to get to know Him, and I was resting on what I knew about Him to carry me. Over the years, as I continue to press into who He is, I’m starting to recognize that still small voice, that gut-check—and the more I press into who He is, the more I have the courage to be obedient.”
Grant realizes that not neglecting the “stillness” required for staying in tune with God is a daily challenge; she also speaks to the dangers of playing the comparison game with others. The author admits to struggling with the temptation to view others as more successful, more qualified.
Grant relates to this very common thief of joy by stating, “If women can get their minds off being afraid to fail … and get rid of that safety net by going for it, they’ll find the greatest payoff for the risk.”
She also cites the clear and present danger assaulting anyone who’s active on social media. The author challenges Christ followers to seek the Lord during those moments when they feel as though their self-worth is tanking after they’ve read about others’ publicly presented (and polished) accomplishments. In the same way that alcoholics have to steer clear of situations where they’re tempted to indulge, Grant believes social media has the potential to harm and stifle what God wants to do in women’s lives. She advises women to, “Stay away from that which is causing you to fall.”
JUST SAY YES
As a person of influence who’s often in the public’ eye, Grant says that although she has done a lot of things wrong, she’s consistently said yes to God even when she didn’t know if her plans would fail or succeed. If women are going to rise to the challenges that God places before them to fully use the gifts and talents He has bestowed, then risk will be part of the equation.
Grant believes that people frequently make obeying the Lord more difficult than it needs to be. Saying yes to Him looks more like, “Love God, love people. Don’t complicate it.” Her message to women is simple. Learn to press into God’s presence daily, learn to say yes when God nudges your heart, and learn to know who God is all throughout the process. She understands that to be used of God during such tumultuous times, believers have to base their lives on who God says He is as revealed through the Bible.
“Remind yourself who He is. I think sometimes we actually forget who He is. Before we could ever know who we are, we actually have to know who He is. It isn’t just so big that He is the creator of the world, He is also so small that He knows my name and He knows everything about me and He knows every intimate detail.”
With knowledge like this, Grant encourages women to step out and into their calling confident that God will surround them every step of the way.