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.