We listen for God’s calling voice, even from the most surprising sources.

We look for God’s good works, even in the most unexpected places.

We listen and we look—because God calls us, even our surprising selves, to do good works, even where we never expected.

Pause. Listen. Look.

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One day, when we were on the way to the place for prayer, we met a slave woman. She had a spirit that enabled her to predict the future. She made a lot of money for her owners through fortune-telling. She began following Paul and us, shouting, “These people are servants of the Most High God! They are proclaiming a way of salvation to you!” She did this for many days.

This annoyed Paul so much that he finally turned and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to leave her!” It left her at that very moment.

Acts 16:16-18

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Some stories in the Bible invite us to ask: “I wonder…”

I wonder whether it was the possessive spirit, or the woman herself, that recognized the apostles, the Most High God, and the way of salvation.

I wonder whether her owners were angry and losing money, as she persisted in following the apostles instead of telling fortunes.

I wonder whether the apostles gained new followers thanks to her loud proclamations.

I wonder whether Paul considered what it might mean to the woman to lose that fortune-telling (and money-making) spirit; I wonder whether her owners punished her. I wonder whether she felt “free” from that spirit… though she was still a slave.

I wonder whether she continued to testify to the presence of God, even when her ability to tell the future was lost.

And I wonder whether I, too, am willing to be bold to the point of becoming annoying. And I wonder whether I am willing to put up with annoyance when it speaks the truth.

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair

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I wonder, God, where you are speaking truth in my life today. Help me to listen. Help me to hear. Help me to use my voice, my testimony, so others may know your wonder-full way. Amen.

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Listen: God, the Most High, is speaking!

Look: God, the Most High, is working!

Say Yes: God, the Most High, is inviting us to hear, to see, to join in!

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair is an ordained Baptist minister, military spouse, and mom of two boys. She loves making things: she weaves stoles for pastors, writes devotionals and curriculum, and knits almost anything but socks. You can follow her blog at for more seasonal devotionals and for thoughts on making things, moving around, and being a 40-something beginning violinist.

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