Monday, August 10, 2009

Are you listening?

Not long ago a dear friend of mine was on my mind. I hadn’t spoken to her in awhile and I kept thinking that I should give her a call. She always seemed to come to mind when I was in the middle of something else. I had every reason not to call…my work schedule, busy with the kids, spending time with Greg… but she still kept coming to mind. I would see commercials about calling loved ones, hear about it on the radio, see people talking about the importance of friends on tv shows…geez, it wouldn’t go away!! So I cleared a few minutes in my tremendously important (in my mind) schedule to give her a call. I dialed the number thinking “I have just a few minutes to talk”. The phone rang. Then I was thinking “why is me calling her such a big deal?” It rang again. Now I was getting a little impatient “um, God, if this was so important why isn’t she answering?” The ringing stopped. I was immediately humbled when a small, frail sound that barely resembled her voice answered “Hello?”

I cannot explain the emotions that washed over me from that one word. It was as if a broken dam of pain and sorrow rushed through the phone. She didn’t have to say another thing because my heart instantly broke for her. Here God had laid her on my heart days ago, and I was just now being obedient. She had been hurting, parched and needing someone to help her be replenished with living water. I had been running so fast up and down the road that I hadn’t noticed that she was broken and bruised by the side of the road unable to even cry out.

We talked for hours that day. We laughed, cried, listened to each other and shared our hearts with one another. God used that time to bond us even closer together as sisters in Christ. I’m so thankful for that bittersweet day. While it was heartbreaking to hear her pain and know that my disobedience made her suffer alone, I was also grateful that God would be willing to bless me through her. Her honesty and trust in me is a treasure that I honor. I may have been the one prompted to reach out and bless her, but God chose to bless me even more!

That day has changed my perspective about listening to God. Now, instead of thinking that something is a ‘have to’ I see God's promptings as a ‘get to’. I get to be used by Him, I get to walk along someone in need, and I get to see that our God is a faithful restorer. When God lays something on our hearts it is for our benefit and His glory. Our role is to listen and do what He is prompting us to do. As I prayed for a message to blog about today, this story was laid on my heart. Fortunately I’ve learned to be more readily obedient…and now I ‘get to’ share it with you!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” James 1:23-24

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