Sunday, June 28, 2009

Whispers and Shouts

I had a friend say to me that she is planning on doing something if God doesn't scream "NO!!" before then.

Several hours later, as I was cleaning (literally and figuratively) my house, I took pause to that. Her words stuck with me. "Hmmm...", I thought. Perhaps she should listen for God to whisper "yes" rather than screaming "NO!!" before she acted.

Perhaps I should do the same.

How many times have I acted on my own, so sure that He would stop me if it shouldn't be, rather than waiting to hear a whisper of agreement? How many times am I so focused on what I am wanting or planning to do that I couldn't possibly hear anything but the loudest disagreement from God? Words of caution could easily go unheard or ignored.

I know with my own children, as I watch them grow and experience their world, they come upon many many decisions to make. Often times they don't hear my gentle words of caution. Sometimes, I realize they just need to feel the consequences themselves.

I wonder how many times, He has looked over me, shaking his head saying "Sweet Girl, wish you had listened to my voice...."

As I prayed for her, I pray for myself: May I have ears to hear, and a heart able to listen....

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