“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” —Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
When I was very young, (35 or so) , one of my favorite sayings, (usually in regards to relationships or parenting) was, “I wish more people would listen to me! I have sooo much wisdom to impart!!!” Of course, I was kidding, but there was a grain of truth to my words. I was naive enough to think myself very wise, and I assumed I could help people if they would only listen to what I had to say. I also expected them to do exactly what I suggested, after I had ” imparted my wisdom.”
Time passed, LIFE happened, and I learned that I really know very little. I have also succumbed to learning more by staying quiet and listening , rather than speaking. Listening to those around me, and most importantly, listening to the still small Voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21) has been a precious learning tool for me.
All this to explain why it’s taken me so long to write another post–in case you haven’t noticed, it has been several months. I have relied on what I believe to be God’s promptings to let me know what to IMPART (lol) and this time I had to wait a little longer. Maybe I wasn’t listening well enough, or sitting still for long enough. It is possible that I was also sitting still for too long, and getting complacent in my inactivity.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a little mini-vacation to the coast of Georgia and spent a couple of days relaxing at the beach. The weather was brisk, but sunny, and we had a marvelous time. The photo above is one of many that I snapped on one of our walks. I liked how pretty the water looked, meandering along the sand. It reminds me, even now, how quickly things change and how fleeting life is. We have adjusted to many changes since we moved here, even the Atlanta traffic!
While we were away, I had hoped to spent some time writing and adding more posts to this blog, but somehow, I just did not get it done. I took many photos, and had some ideas, but I was slow to write my impressions down. God is not speaking to me, I thought. I have nothing to say, I thought.
Today I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with someone who is an actual author and has published several books. He is also a very gifted motivational speaker and a life coach. I was grateful to speak with him for a short time and share with him the fact that I too, was a writer (LOL). However, I was a little embarrassed to admit I was not very active with my writing, which has been evidenced by the infrequency of my posts. He encouraged me to write more often, not just when I felt like it. He helped me realize I could not be a better writer by not practicing writing. He suggested my writing should be an exercise in self -discipline, and obedience to a task that has been given me. He asked me not to limit myself to writing only when I felt like it. I realized he was right. I have decided to take his advice, and write more often.
Perhaps my appointment with this fellow this afternoon was of the Divine kind. Perhaps this meeting was another Whisper of Change in my ear; an encouragement to leave complacency aside and move forward. Sometimes, after we have spent time listening, it is time to move forward and do what needs to be done.
“You will go out in joy, and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all tha trees of the field will clap their hands.” –Isaiah 55:12
“He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” —Psalm 46:10