Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sometimes He Yells {Bigger Picture Moments}

I don’t always listen to that little voice in my head, and I don’t always listen to His voice either. I’m stubborn (to a fault) and when I get an idea in my head I steamroll through until it’s complete. It’s a personality flaw I am keenly aware of and working on.

I know that if I can just be still, and listen, I can hear it. His voice, my voice, leading me and guiding me in what I should be doing.

Sometimes I can do that. I can be still and listen to the whispers. They almost always surprise and delight me.

Yet despite having heard the whispers and heeding their words many times I am constantly moving to fast to hear them.

Sometime when I don’t listen to the whispers though, He yells. Not to scold or frighten, but to make sure that He is heard above the din of the doing, doing doing, going, going going.

Sometimes He has to yell really loud.

Like with the chaos of the Christmas week and all the going, doing, going, barreling ahead at full speed. I wasn’t hearing the whispers

slow down,

do less,

let go,

No I wasn’t even hearing the yells.


It’s too much!

You’re not Martha Stewart you can not do it all!

No I didn’t hear that either. Thankfully He is lovingly persistent and as I was heading full steam ahead into an inevitable all nighter full of chocolate and sanding sugar, glitter and felt, I started to itch.

One little itch on my belly, then two, three. Spreading red bumps from there to my shoulders, neck, Thursday I was covered in what I thought was hives and well I finally listened.

I cancelled play dates.

I gave up the hope of homemade decorations and handmade gifts.

I sat down and was still.

As always, He knows what’s best for us and if we won’t listen to the whispers He will find a way make us listen.

Simply listening to the whispers, that’s my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What’s yours?

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Do you listen to the whispers or are you stubborn like me and need to be yelled at?


This Heavenly Life said...

Isn't it awesome that he never gives up on us? Even when we get the hives because we forgot to listen :)

I'm glad you gave up some uneccessary stuff to focus on the better things!

Alita said...

So you slowed down. Are you feeling better now? I was worried about you! Hives and itching are physical signs that mean you have gone too far. It is so tough! And you are super mama, but we all have to listen. HUGS! I love that you are a no nonsense kinda girl. I love that you have a plan and you execute. You are focused and delightful and it has been WONDERFUL getting to know you. I enjoy your hard headed ways, and your skillful business sense. I can't wait to see you in person, Mel. You are stronger than you know and He guides you in the best of ways.



Hyacynth said...

I love this. It reminds me of the Israelites and how once He chose them, He never let them go {and never will let them go} either.

We are chosen. There is rest found in that. Even when He yells.

{I want to know what else He's been yelling to you sometime soon.}

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Stubborn... hopelessly stubborn... sometimes He has to hit me over the head while he yells...

Sometimes it's really hard to stop and listen. Thank goodness He is always there to catch me!

May said...

This is one of those lessons we need to learn over and over. Why doesn't it stick?