Instinct is something that we are all born with and we all have. It’s that voice in the back of your head that says don’t touch the fire. Instincts aren’t always about saving ourselves from physical danger but knowing what to do in certain situations. Some of us have better instincts and listen to them. Others don’t and frequently ignore their instincts which can lead to many different kinds of pain. Every animal on this planet is born with their natural instinct. You can see it when they tense up after hearing a noise. They tense and wait, they watch and listen. They don’t jump into action unless they have to. We don’t always follow that same pattern. We can be stubborn and run head first into danger that could have been avoided if we had listened to our instincts stopped and waited. Our instincts protect they are natures way of keeping us safe and out of harm’s way. It is a defense mechanism that can keep you from running headlong into a situation that can get you hurt or killed. Instincts are why we are here and still surviving. But as I said earlier we often don’t listen to our instincts. We think that we know better and charge headlong into a situation that we should not be in. We kid ourselves and tell ourselves that we are ready and prepared for the fight ahead. Most times we aren’t ready for the fight that we are about to have. The fight that we are ready for is never the fight that we have. You can be as prepared as you want, know all the right things to do and say when you get into that situation. But at the end of the day, the only thing that you can rely on is your instinct. The feeling you get in your gut that says something is not right or that something is about to go wrong. The prickle on the back of your neck when you feel someone watching you and you know you need to move. The hesitation in a conversation or phone call that tells you something is happening and you are not being given all of the information that you need. You instincts are what keep you safe and keep you alive. People often say to trust your gut, I didn’t know what this meant for the longest time. I thought it meant to go with the first response that comes in your head, that’s not true. Sometimes your first thought is the rash part of you that wants to take action and right a wrong. Our instinct is not always what we want to do but 99% of the time it is right on the money. The more you ignore your instincts the farther you get from them and the harder it can be to figure them out what you should do versus what you want to do. The more you listen to your gut and trust your instinct the more clearly you will be able to tell what your gut is telling you and figure out what to do. Our instincts can be hard to listen to because often they tell us the right decision to make but it is not necessarily the easiest thing to do or what we want to do. These are times when it is easiest to ignore your instincts or pretend you don’t know what is happening but those are also the times that it is most important that you understand what is happening and listen to your gut and make the decision that you need to make. In Job 38:36-37 this very topic is discussed. The verse says “Who gives intuition to the heart and instinct to the mind? Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven.” Your instinct isn’t just a voice in the back of your head telling you what to do or what you should do. Your instinct is God helping to guide you. He has infinite wisdom and forever has our hearts in his hands. He knows what we need and what we want, often those things don’t align. God is responsible for our instinct. You might ask why, if God is responsible for our instinct, do bad things happen or why do we make decisions that are opposite of what our instinct says we should do? The answer to that is relatively simple, free will. God gave us this amazing gift that can sometimes be a double-edged sword. We can make our own decisions and those decisions can often be clouded by greed, pride, envy and many other things. The world would be a perfect place if we had all the answers and knew exactly what to do. But the world is not like that because we are people that have sinned and Adam and Eve went against their instincts when they took fruit from the tree that they were forbidden to eat from. Our instinct is God trying to help us stay on the path that he ahs for us, but we fall off that path too many times to count. Well at least I have, I have ignored my instincts before they told me to make decisions that scared me or left me with more questions than answers. I have been trying more and more to trust my instincts and while I don’t necessarily understand where my path is going and what the end results of these decisions will be, I do know that God has a plan for me and that my instincts have always been dead on. Listen to your heart and your gut, often times we second guess our instincts because we overthink and overanalyze the decision and then we lose track of what it is we should do. It is easy to get wrapped up in the decision-making process that we the decision that we know we need to make. If you got nothing else out of this know this, trust your gut and listen to what it tells you to do.
A Regular Girl