Real Simple Thought...


Every morning I receive the Daily Thought from Real Simple. Some are funny, some make me say "huh" and some actually make me think. Today's made me think.

“The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.”

― Fran Lebowitz


I understand that this thought is meant to be taken literally, but I read this and took it in a completely different way.

How many of us are guilty of talking at God? I know I am. I give my requests, my praises, and say "Amen". That's it. No waiting. No listening. Just talking. I know better. I really do. But for some reason, I do all the talking.

Between the two of us {me & God} I'm pretty certain that whatever He has to say is far more significant and worth hearing. The talking thing has always been something I've excelled at. Ask any of my elementary teachers or read the comments on my report cards to verify that statement. 

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
--Psalm 130:5-6

...After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire
came a gentle whisper.
--1 Kings 19:12

Part Most of the not being able to wait and listen for the Lord, stems from the fact that I have the least amount of patience than anyone else I know. True story. But I know that the ways I expect the Lord to move and to speak is just not the way He chooses do things {most of the time}. It's the gentle, soft whisper I have to be waiting for. Listening for. This is an area of my faith and my life that is constantly being challenged and that I'm constantly asking for God to work on. But the funny thing about God is that He works on it in ways that stretch me and that my friends is something that I'm not always a fan of.

This season of my life has commanded a lot of waiting and listening and many times I have not succeeded at the challenge. But thankfully, due to unending grace, I'm granted do-overs time and time again.

Maybe one of these days I'll get it.

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Rachel said...

Can I sign up for the "impatient" tee-shirt? I find myself here all the time. I shared with another blogger that at one point of my life, I decided to write down every passage in the book of Psalms that talked about patience, waiting and those kinds of words. It really helped me. Thought it might be a helpful tidbit for you.

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