For the past few weeks I have been teaching my son, Josiah, to not interrupt Mommy while she is talking. It all started when we were at the Pediatrician's office and the nurse Practitioner was trying to explain something to me regarding the Flu shot. Josiah kept saying, "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, I want to do the puzzle, I want to do the puzzle." Finally, I looked at him and said, "Josiah, Mommy is talking. Please wait until I am finished." Much to my surprise, he stopped! How did I get a little boy that will be three years old in a couple of months to quit interrupting me? Well, I think the first time was pure luck! After that day, I continued working with him on this concept. Whenever he would talk over me or try to ask me a question while I was talking, I would tell him "Mommy is talking Josiah, please wait and then I will talk to you." This child continues to amaze me because He is actually catching on. When He hears me talking to someone, he says "Mommy is talking. Wait." Just yesterday He showed me that He not only understands this concept but He expects me to understand it too. Without even thinking, I begin to talk while He was talking to me and He said, "Bubba's talking." While trying to teach Him a lesson, He taught me one.
This morning I started reading The Purpose Driven Life. I started reading it a few years ago but I never did finish. Lately I have been asking myself a lot of questions and I have spent way too much time trying to figure out why things have happened the way they have. From bad events to good events, from friendships to family members, why do certain things happen the way they do? In a blog I posted a few weeks ago, I talked about pain. What do we do with our pain? What purpose does it serve? As I face certain questions in my walk, I have grown weary trying to figure it all out. How can I hear His voice? How can I truly understand and know His purpose for my life? This morning as I spent time in prayer, I finally heard something. "I am talking. Please do not interrupt. Wait until I am finished." It seems that I am too busy talking that I can't hear Him. It's not so much a verbal kind of talking, it's more of my day to day routine. How can I possibly find out His direction for my daily walk, if I can't hear Him talking? Some of you are wondering what you should do about a job or a career change. Do you pursue it or do you wait for something else? Some are in a relationship that you are not sure you should be in. Have you stopped to truly hear God's voice? What church should you attend? Have you settled? What about your friendships? Do they build you up or are you spending time with people that tear you down. Whatever it is in your life that you can't seem to understand, God is wanting you to stop, ask and listen. Are you at a place where you can hear Him answer you? He may be saying, "I am talking. Please do not interrupt. Wait until I am finished."
"If you need wisdom, if you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him and He will gladly tell you." James 1:5 (NLT)