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Green trees, cool water, a gentle breeze...the perfect place to sit at the feet of the Master and learn. Jesus taught so often on the shoreline, and He's still speaking today.

This is where I share the lessons He teaches me, often during the time I spend on the shores of a local lake. I don't have all the answers...and some days I don't have any. But I go here when I need to draw near to Him in a tangible way. Come with me...

Monday, August 5, 2013

Gorillas & Mules & Fools - Oh My!

Have you ever wanted to get something off your chest?  Put it all out on the table?  Address the gorilla in the room?  You know it's something that might have consequences once the words are out there but at that very moment, you're convinced you don't care - you just want to speak your mind!

I'm not always good at muzzling my thoughts.  (Right now those who know me best are uttering a sarcastic "Nooooooooooo, really?!!")  I have been known on more than one occasion to speak out of impulse and emotion because I just couldn't STAND the injustice of the situation another minute!

Basically, I stink at waiting.  That's problematic since waiting is generally needed for discernment, because waiting is often required to hear from God. 

On those occasions when I do manage to wait, it's often not silently and reverently with an ear toward the whisper in the wind.  No, I'm much more likely to become head of the debate team. 

Yes, I, mere mortal that I am, try to explain to the God of the universe (read: argue with) why I should act in a certain manner.  Forget that I'm full of faults and my past behavior of being the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread has caused me nothing but embarrassment, heartache, or a full belly of crow.  This time will be different!

Such was the case for me last week.  I wrote a response to an email that I really, really, REALLY wanted to send.  I was chomping at the bit to make my thoughts known, but I was counseled by two friends not to send it.  I tweaked it.  I saved it.  I re-read it. I tried to talk both myself and my friends into the validity of it.  They disagreed.  I tweaked it some more.

Then today I did what I should have done in the first place.  I prayed for wisdom and discernment.  My prayer wasn't exactly textbook holy...it kind of went like this: "Lord, you know I can be stupid...please speak to me clearly through your Word this morning so I know what to do."

Be careful what you ask for if you really don't mean what you say.  The devotional I read talked about being silent before God.  Seeking His face for guidance.  I read the accompanying scriptures which were along the same vein, but then I noticed the previous year I had written in another scripture passage.  I must behave this way more than I realize.

Psalm 32:8-9 says "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you."

Did I mention I had been 'chomping at the bit' to send the email? 

I deleted it. 

There's a saying "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt."  It's very close to Proverbs 17:28 which says "Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue."

Actually, Proverbs has a lot to say about fools.  In 18:2 we read "A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions" and in verse 7 of the same chapter it says "A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul." 

I'm sure if modern technology had been around in Biblical times the verses could just as easily have been written "A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in posting all his opinions on Facebook" and "A fool's keyboard is his undoing and his texts and emails are a snare to his soul." 

I don't know about you, but while I aspire to be many things, a fool is not among them. 

Words, whether spoken or written, can never be taken back.  Once that "send" button is pushed, you may just be opening your mouth and removing all doubt as to your foolishness.  Thank you Lord for answering my prayer with clear instruction and providing a second chance to act wisely!

4 comments:

  1. Yes, PREACH GIRRRRRLLLLL!!!!

    This is indeed a classic. LOVE the court jester pic. Reminds me of someone, but I can't place who it could be........

    Seriously, with all the horrific stuff I have read on Facebook lately, as well as people's comments on blogs, news stories and the like, this is SO relevant and SO needed!

    Thank you, my dear.

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  2. Thanks for the kind words Pam. After 2 months of silence on this blog, it's not the most auspicious way to return lol, but I'm glad God can teach a stubborn mule like me and then allow the lesson to be used to speak to others :)

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  3. Haha! Yep, been there, that's for sure! This DOES go well with my "God Said, "Lol" post. Pam was right. I am happy to "meet" you and look forward to reading you!
    Susie

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Susie - been reading your blog for awhile and thoroughly enjoy your posts :)

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