Just ListenIn Blog, inspiration 7 comments
30 years of age divide us, but I sense…on the inside, she is young.
I have just finished speaking when she walks to me, hands me a heart shaped pin and these words…
I bought this for someone else. But I believe it is meant for you, instead.
And I know immediately that, indeed, it is.
Because God’s voice often comes to me like this – wrapped in tangible kindnesses from another…and when it does I am moved to remember that no matter how many times I don’t get it, He is still graciously engaged in my refinement.
The truth is: I need to be a better listener.
[And yes, in my friendships, relationships, marriage. So…so…yes.]
But also, and mainly…in my relationship with God.
Because I don’t listen enough. Most days, I am far too busy asking, questioning, throwing up my thoughts and needs onto Him to hear what He is trying to say.
I’m still thinking about such things, days after coming home from the weekend of being a speaker and getting the pin, and I am reminded: of a mentor my husband has and loves – another older-but-on-the-inside-young person of wisdom, who has taught him many things.
The mentor has said that his prayer life now consists of sitting in a quiet room with no other agenda but to listen.
And again, I am convinced. Because when do I just listen?
And I know…there is great value in verbalizing needs and speaking adoration and preaching Jesus from the lips.
But I also know…there is something about being still and just listening to a God who speaks volumes in quiet rooms and quieted hearts.
And yes, sometimes through heart shaped pins bought for someone else.
*Conversation: Could you commit with me to being a better listener, especially to God?
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