Shut Up and Listen


Well, it’s Monday and I am fighting the end of the weekend blues. Mondays are always hectic for me because I have to return phone calls and emails from students who ran into problems over the weekend with submitting assignments and what not. So, an hour into my work day, I spoke with a student who needed help downloading a file as well as submitting an assignment. As I tried to help her, she proceeded to talk over me. I could feel myself getting frustrated because I hate when people call me for help and then try to tell me how to fix their problem.

After we resolved one issue and moved on to the next, I had an epiphany of sorts. I thought that this must be how God feels when we take him our problems, and then tell him how to fix them. But if we knew how to fix them, we wouldn’t have to take them to him in the first place, right? And in that moment, all I could do was take a breath and thank God for not smiting me every time I try to talk over him. I tell him my problem, he tells me how to fix it, but because I am human and think I know everything, I tell him that’s not how to fix my problem, and that this is how it should be fixed. Eventually he tells me to shut up and just listen. And when I do, things come together the way they should, the way he intended them too.

I am a work in progress, and not ashamed to say it. My prayer is that this message will touch others as it has touched me. And hopefully we’ll start doing less talking, and more listening, allowing God to do what he does best, fix our problems.

6 comments

  1. All I can say is WOW!!!! I was just thinking this exact same thing with allowing God to control my command ship. Alot of times we ask god for help but dont follow through with his commands. This isnt a religious thing, but a spirtual battle, between Flesh and Spirit. I can only imagine what can happen to the world when we allow ourselves to be fully swallowed by the spirit and take the journey of our LIFE!!! Great Monday Post.

    • Thank you Calvin! It’s funny because after I posted this, I saw your status update which was confirmation to me that something is definitely in the air today lol. Glad you enjoyed my post 🙂

  2. This was a wonderful post to read. It made me stop in my tracks and pray for forgiveness for always shouting over God and HIS answers. Thank you so much for telling this story. It needs to be shared.

    • I am so glad you enjoyed it. I think this post really made my day. God’s love for us is so amazing, it overwhelmes me just thinking about it sometimes.

  3. I am going through something similar.. tryna fix it after I asked HIM to….*takes notes* Shut up and listen….Good stuff!

    • Thanks Jess! I have to remind myself this daily and am thinking about doing a blog about how our heart’s desires should match what he wants for us.

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