Funny how God works on you sometimes, preparing you for the future that is to come. I can look back now and see God at work for months in my life of my family. I am the person who thinks I have it all worked out for everyone and then God comes along and turns my world upside down. I have worked on this post before only to be moved to write something else, but now I am here again writing as God has spoken and now I am finally listening. I have been mentally making plans for the future for one of my daughters. I really believed that I had it all worked out for her. I mean the Lord showed me closed doors and everything. Although, I knew the passion in her heart and what she wanted, and I did pray for the right doors to open that would show her the way. Yet, I never expected that her persistence and prayers would be answered as they have been and my world rocked. I am listening now God. I know that I have not been. Now, I can see how I did not stop to listen to your answers Lord because I was sure of mine. I turn my ears back to you and to scripture. James 1:1 reminds me, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;”.
These are powerful words that we forget in our daily lives especially – “quick to hear”. As I strive to be a better listener to the students I work with, the adults who are my colleagues, and the world around me, I have to be reminded that it is most important to listen to God and hear him when he speaks even if those words are coming from the mouth of my own child. Scripture is a keen reminder to me of how God’s people have chosen not to listen to him. So many of these times his people failed to listen and suffered the consequences of failure to be “quick to hear”. Did I fail his test? Was he or is he testing me? “you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” are words from Deuteronomy 13:3. These words are a solemn reminder to me that I have to trust the Lord with all my heart and soul.
About a month ago this quote from Kyle Chandler showed up on my daily calendar, I am not sure why at the time I took a picture of the quote, but as God rocked my world this last week my thoughts went back to this quote. Not for me but for the persistence of my daughter to get what she wanted for her future. Now that I have been forced to listen to God and allow my daughter to walk her own path and not the one path that I was choosing for her, I turn to God in constant prayer that will cause me to listen more intently to his words as he prepares not just her future but also mine. It is important to me now that I have had my world rocked to stop and see the plans that God is laying for my family and that includes me. I pray that the Lord hears my prayers as Psalm 61:1 states, ” Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;”, and I constantly humble myself as Romans 12:12 reads, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” I humble myself and pray and listen so that my prayers might be heard as John 9:31 reminds me, “We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.” I am listening now Lord in order to do your will.
Closing Verse: ‘But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,’ Acts 4:19
Challenge: Are you listening to God or making your own way? My challenge to you is to be “quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” and find comfort in God’s plan.