We all hear the voice of intuition, yet it’s often so subtle that we can rationalize ignoring it. But what if that inner voice is clear, specific and strong? What then? In this story from Guideposts, Marty Via heard that voice and knew he had no choice but to follow it. May you find the courage like Marty and his family did to follow your inner guidance wherever it may lead. Turn away from the path you know is yours to trod, and you will forevermore drift off to sleep with these two words on your mind: What if?
ONE FAMILY’S UNEXPECTED MISSION
I have discovered my own personal key to faith. It’s what people once said I couldn’t do.
Marty Via and his family
Plans have never been my specialty. I’ve basically spent most of my life going from one thing to the next, playing whatever hand I’m dealt. For a long time I felt like that hand was a pretty bad one.
Growing up on a farm, I went to church occasionally, though I can’t say the pastor’s words really got through to me. We were poor, and I was a little guy, but I made up for it in spunk. By the time I could walk, I was up to no good. My teachers said I just never listened.
At age 18 I joined the Army. More discipline problems. I couldn’t stand having people tell me what to do—not exactly a useful attitude in the military.
I got married while in the Army and we had a child. After discharge, I started working construction. But by that point drugs and alcohol were more important to me than family. My marriage fell apart. One day I found myself alone in an empty apartment. I was burned out, miserable. I longed for someone to give me advice, to tell me what to do. I thought about my parents, about the pastor at church when I was a boy, about my teachers, my drill sergeant, my boss. They had all said the same thing: You don’t listen. “Lord,” I said out loud, “I realize I haven’t done a good job leading my own life so far. I (more…)