Monday, December 27, 2021

The Story of Jane Haile's Sunday-go-to-Meeting Hat

God does not speak through wind, earthquakes, or fire but through a still, small voice.  In other words, a soft whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-13)

Hearing is through the ears, 
but listening is through the mind and heart
"Listen to the whisper of The Holy Spirit" is a sign that has been hanging in my home for many decades.  And it is a practice I developed since my early years of walking with my Saviour.  

I talk to Him.  I listen.  He responds.  I write it down.  Sometimes, He talks when I am minding my own business and not at all tuned in to Him.

But, speak God does.  

The Spirit of God (His Voice) speaks comfort and encouragement.  He speaks of His Love for us and the joy that we are to Him.  He also lovingly corrects us when necessary.  And sometimes mandates something that we must do.

Sometimes His Voice is loud, attention-grabbingAudible-like.  So there is no mistaking it is God.  I've experienced that a few times in my 39 years walking with The LORD.   And His Words to me were profoundly life-altering for my family and I.

But, most of the time His Voice is soft, gentle, whisper-like - heard only to a tuned-in heart seeking to be engaged in conversation.  For the most part, we must be purposefully and mindfully be engaged to hear.

Jane Haile, an older, mature woman of God and minister to women on Long Island, once told me this story about when she was young ministering at a summer camp.  She was just a teenager when the hat incident occurred in her life. This is how she learned to recognize God's "still, small Voice":

While getting dressed for ministering to the other kids at camp that hot, humid Long Island summer morning, Jane heard in her heart, "Put on your hat." 

Jane thought, What?!  This can't be You, LORD.  It is summer.  It's hot, and I'm in shorts.  Plus, it is not Sunday!  I only wear my hat on Sundays (as was the custom in those days).  She dismissed the whispered directive as nonsense.  

As Jane was walking out of her cabin though, she again heard in her heart, "Put on your hat."  

She thought to herself, "I will look like a fool. The kids will all laugh.  I am not wearing my hat!"

The service started and after worship, Jane walked to the pulpit.  She stood there, speechless.  Literally.  She opened her mouth to talk and no words came out.  "Put on your hat."   Again she experienced God's directive to her.   After a few minutes of standing there foolishly, Jane ran back to her cabin crying because she knew she would be made fun of. But, she also knew at that point that it WAS God's Voice she was hearing so she obediently put on her Sunday-go-to-meeting hat.  She came back to the pulpit and outflowed the Wisdom of God ministering to her peers.

After the service, a boy came up to her.  He was weeping and told Jane that he had felt God was calling him to be a Missionary to China.  That morning, he asked God that if this was really Him and He was really calling him China, to have Jane wear a hat to the service that morning.  And if she did, he would lay his life down in service to The LORD.

Jane, was in her 70's when she told me that story.  That boy was now a man in his 70's.  He kept in touch with Jane all those years.  He was still in China, a faithful servant of The LORD.

Oh, Abba, may I hear Your Directives clearly, and may I have the heart to obey You no matter how foolish it makes me seem.  May my pride never override You, LORD.

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Martha Jane Orlando said...

Reading this story took my breath away, Diane! Yes, God does speak to us in so many way, and we need to be ready to listen and heed.

Diane Ronzino said...

That was my reaction, Martha, when she shared it with me. May we all have ears to hear what The Spirit is saying.

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Having a heart that will listen is so important. We miss so much when we are closed to the whisper of the Spirit.

Diane Ronzino said...

Amen, Bill.

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Yes do hear those audible times, Diane.. had one Christmas evening into next day standing at open bedroom Window, as am wont to do to pray.. love the dark of twinkly night .. well this early am it made me blink look again then walk to back door and outside. Our trees in yard rear neighbours were full of twinkling lights.
I knew I had no Christmas lights of any sort, so moment of puzzlement then realised the warm after storm humidity of summer night had brought out this never seen before spectacle of about 80 fireflies flitting moving in the summer breeze some bright and different colours.
I started to pray, praise turned into a hymn.. "draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord to the cross. .. I stopped mid line (to the cross where Thou hast died,  draw me nearer to Thy precious bleeding side..).

I knew what God was saying. How or details I've no idea but know there is crosswork ahead.
So yes know well what you mean.
A beautiful story. Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

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Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, Shaz...your testimony has so moved me. How beautiful of our LORD to give you this beautiful unusual firefly experience as a prelude...

Whatever lies ahead for each of us, His Grace to get us through each moment will be our strength. God has blessed you with this beautiful gift of the fireflies!

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Yes it’s not at all usual to see them here we are not in the zone, none in my family have seen them before, but definitely a gift, for a purpose yet to be known, managed with mobile to get one shot with three bright lights in darkness only three of myriads of twinkles and they were different colours, that was miraculous too. The next night there were three just in my side yard near the courtyard nowhere else so kind of double confirmation ..

What it means time will tell. Lord spoke once like this in Christmas new year of 1983, and 1984 was indeed an unforgettable year, to quote our Queen in one of annual Christmas messages in the 90s she said that year was “annus horribilus” ie a horrible year, it was year Princess Di was killed I think, in her Christmas message.

Was going to do new year post but didn’t eventuate, maybe 4th my spiritual birthday…. Haven’t told many this only my best friend in Lord. One thing is sure my Father knows the way through the wilderness.
Love and prayers,

Diane Ronzino said...

Good Morning, Shaz. In America, we have fireflies. Here in North Carolina that doesn't seem to be anywhere near the population of them as there was on Long Island my whole life. My first summer here I was so disappointed. But, in all my years, I have never seen multi-colored ones! How extraordinary!

Oh, and your spiritual birthday...thank you for sharing that with me. If you are like me, and I think you are, I really only care about my spiritual birthday. 39 years of the honor and privilege of walking with my LORD. Mine is March 7th.

I have not been well all week. My daughter urged me to get a COVID test. I found out last night it is positive. So, this is how I'm ending out this year. (Plus a beloved childhood friend went Home to Glory yesterday). So, as Jesus ushers us into t new year, He continues to be LORD of my life and as always, my Healer and His Spirit, my Comforter.

God bless you and Happy New Year!

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Amen dear Di.. do you mind if call you Di. My sister is Diane.
Think we think alike. I so agree re spiritual birthday. Its 4th Jan I THINK. As was saved on last day at beach mission 56 years ago in three days time was a child.. but most impressionable. Unsaved family.
"Kept by the power of God, through unto salvation" 1 Peter:1 is a nutshell of my life, although not my life verse (Heb 12:2).
Will admit though it's really only special to me and my LORD ... no one else in family gets it, even those few who are saved.
Wow. 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Here's a natural treatment protocol from medical Drs who treat patients this Dr lost none, no hospitalised in Israel.
If not on blood thinner add Vit K2 (200mg) as it helps your body absorb the highly essential Vit D, but affects blood thinner meds.
Vit D, 4000IU
Vit C 500mg
Zinc 20 to 40mg
Magnesium 300mg (at night).

Hopefully it's Omicron as it's more mild in effect but as its highly developed multi spikes on corona mean milder form is actually giving people immunity through a milder form of disease.

Sth Africa way ahead and its now in decline there and we have it too mostly and number being hospitalised is low.

Key med is Vit D esp in winter in North most people are low in Vit D. Its key to fighting it and preventing it. This has also been proven in studies in Israel.
All hospitalised are low in D. They cover up a lot from sun.
I'm on a preventative protocol.
I'm highly medicated by script meds, I'd be dead without them. So very proactive to substitute natural if possible.
LORD guides.
Praying for your dear sis, for God's keeping power upon you in all things.
Giving Jesus our heart in our waking thoughts each day.
Love in Him
The Angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him and DELIVERETH THEM. Ps 34

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Kept by power of God through FAITH unto salvation.

Left faith out which you simply cannot do!

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you, Shaz! A blessed birth-day to you. Will write when I'm better.

Wise Hearted said...

Thats the kind of story that will make one obedient to that small still voice. Grateful God left the Holy Spirit to speak to us and listen to our hearts. Blessings my sweet friend.

Unknown said...

So blessed by story!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi dearest Diane, do no see post and lost one in comments you were sick with Covid so praying you’re okay dear sister …
Praying fir you dienunder on my list each day for God’s keeping …
…our Heavenly Father knoweth. He careth for you.
Ginormous prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz.x

Such beautiful poetry in Gods holy true word that alone is an eternal living word!
Glory to His holy name, above all names.

Psalm 27:1, 2, 5
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me;
he shall set me up upon a Rock.

"That Rock is Jesus, the Only One..."

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Di, just thought if you want to email me both my Christian and craft blog have a contact me page and that emails me and I can reply there as note you said when you are better you will up further, Praying you’re okay ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

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