Originally Posted by mtatum4496
I think it is important to remember that all the spiritual gifts are given for a purpose; sometimes they are given to us for the edification of our own spirits. At other times, spiritual gifts are given so that others may be ministered to and comforted.
There have been times when the Holy Spirit has directed me to go somewhere and I had no reason why - yet when I arrived, I found indeed there was a reason. I recall an elder of my aquaintance who was traveling for his work and while on the road felt a strong urging to take an exit off the highway he had never taken. He obeyed and ended up stopping at a house he did not know. He felt prompted to tell the woman and man who answered the door who is was and that he was an elder in our church. The man and woman cried out, because they had a child who was ill, but there was no congregation of the church near enough for them to ask the elders to offer the sacrament of administration to their child. As it happened, he had his oil with him and was able to administer to the child.
So many times we crave to possess one gift when in fact we have been given those that God knows we need in order to grow and to also be a means of ministry to others.
Oh yes, that's happened to me so many times, it get's really eerie, on one level. I seem to have a strong connectionn to the Holy Spirit and there are times when I know that I'm being called. My two trips to Iraq were certainly calls, I had no desire, really to go, and to this day don't quite understand why I was called there, just an absolute certainty that it was the Spirit directing me. I don't often talk with this to others, because they get a bit freaked out, so it's reassuring to have this discussion in the forum.