Listening may not be the hardest part

Usually it`s difficult for me to experience an audible voice when it comes to God`s talking. On some occasions though I can`t avoid the realisation that God`s ways to contact me – or my soul, for that matter – are as unavoidable and unmistakably clear as any other voice:

I love my husband very much, but still our communication sometimes gets complicated. A while ago some unhealthy and sulking thoughts unfolded itself in my brain: „I don`t want to be the one to take the first step, I don`t see the need to apologize. I`d rather keep my tongue and be quiet.“ And so on and so forth.

At last there came a time when God decided to put a stop to all of that destructive thinking. He let me read an article about a woman who took 1st Corinthians 13 as a role model to love her (in her case: unfaithful) husband: „Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. … It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.“ (1st Corinthians 13, 4-8) This woman practised all that towards her husband without expecting a special or appropriate response. It changed herself and saved her marriage.

The next day I talked to a friend who – out of the blue – spoke to me about the way husbands and wifes should treat each other: „However, each one of you must also love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.“ (Ephesians 5, 33) My friend is not married, but for herself she extended this verse onto all of her male contacts: colleagues, neighbours, friends, acquaintances and the like. In doing so she challenged us both to translate those verses into action – towards the men in our lifes.

In the evening of the same day I watched an episode of my favourite series: Elementary. Normally a crime novel, this particular episode included some advice from Joan Watson to Sherlock Holmes concerning his new girl friend. She quoted Shakespeare: „Give to a gracious message a host of tongues, but let ill tidings tell themselves when they be felt.“

Sometimes God is so funny. Not enough to hurl some bible verses into my way, but in the end he uses Shakespeare (I don`t even like him so much that I actually would read his plays) via a rather secular TV series to further stress, what he wants to tell me – not to be overheard by the stubborn, proud, arrogant ME which lives inside this human shell and likes do be seen as gracious, holy, understanding and forgiving but actually is none of those things if it comes to everyday realities …

Now it was (and is!) up to me to actually listen to God`s advice and do something about it – which is actually more difficult than hearing God`s voice in the first place…

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