Several years ago, in our small group, we had a running joke started by a mom of a toddler at the time. The toddler was chatting it up in the back seat and maybe throwing a little temper tantrum. Mom finally said, “Shhh, I’m talking to my Jesus!” Just like most things we say, it got thrown back at her from her toddler. She was trying to correct him and he said, “Shhh, I’m talking to my Jesus!” At the moment, it was a little frustrating, but how do you argue with being shushed so they can talk to Jesus! We had a good natured laugh about it at small group and became a line said often. “Shh, I’m talking to my Jesus!”
We are too pray continuously. (1 Thes. 5:17) Praying can be head bowed, eyes closed ready to quietly talk to Jesus. Praying can also be an ongoing conversation with Jesus. Since driving in the car is, at times, the only place I have some quiet, closing my eyes while driving is not a great idea! Or waiting in the drive through line at the bank (you may get honked at to move forward!). Or standing in line to check out at the grocery store. Or, not to be rude, but to be asking Jesus what to say to the person you are speaking with while they are talking.
During my ongoing conversations with Jesus, I have realized I do a lot of talking and not enough listening. Listening involves being still and quieting your ongoing dialogue in your head and give your full focus to whomever you should be listening too. It is a selfless quality that is perfected over time. It’s a conscience effort to give your full attention to someone and push aside everything else.
On more than one occasion, I have apologized to someone and said, “I’m sorry, I was distracted and didn’t catch what you said. Can you repeat that again?”
The same is true with talking with Jesus. There are times He has shushed me so I can hear what He is saying. Instead of talking or thinking so much, I go to the simplicity of His Word.
Many moons ago, I was taught S.O.A.P. and have integrated it throughout my journey since then. The simplicity of it had me thinking it was too simple to work. Yet, this has become my foundation of reading, listening and living out His Word.
S: Scripture. Whatever scripture you happen to be reading. This morning I read Philippians 3:14. “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
O: Observation: What spoke to me the most? What drew my attention? Today, is was “press on, God is calling us.” Keep moving forward. He is cheering us on. He is our biggest, loudest fan. Life doesn’t stand still. Trials cannot be avoided or ran from. Yes, we receive rest in His arms, under His wings, rest for our souls. Yet, we have to keep pressing on. Don’t give up, don’t give in. You may be crawling, but at least your pressing on. You may be running, shouting, “Thank You Jesus!”
A: Application: How am I going to apply this today? How will it help me today? Over the last several days, weeks, I have felt overwhelmed with life. It wasn’t just one thing or even a couple of things. Several things rolling through this crazy brain of mine and I felt exhausted before I even began. Jesus talked me off a ledge yesterday as I was driving (see, my eyes needed to be wide open!). I was feeling anxious about one of my stops. I needed to pick up more lumber for our dock and a ramp to be built leading from the yard to the dock. Last time I did this I put 12 – 12′ 2x6s in my car. They only hung out a little and they were butted up against my windshield (some of you see it coming!). I had it tied down and no big deal! I can do this! About half way home, my windshield cracks. Yep! Not feeling so confident now! Thank goodness for comprehensive insurance! Anyway, back at the store, I did not want to repeat my last mistake. I was going to put it in differently and hope to made it home in one piece. Turns out, it didn’t matter. They were completely out of what I needed! I had a slight moan of disappointment they didn’t have what I wanted and a sigh of relief I didn’t have to haul it home this time! (I am now feeling the vibes of “Molli…..I can do that for you!) God humbled this woman who has a tendency to be a little (or a lot) stubborn. LOL 🙂 So, how does today’s scripture apply. It will get done when it gets done. It will all be ok. Call on people I know who can and will help. And keep pressing on. Don’t give up. Keep moving forward. God is calling me, He is cheering for me.
P: Prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for today. Thank you for Your Word. Thank for being the loudest, cheering me on towards the prize. Forgive me for my stubbornness. Forgive me for the anxiety I allowed into my heart. Thank you for the comfort and peace of Your Word and promises. Please go before me, prepare the way and continue to give me the strength to press on. I love you, Lord. Amen.
Thank you for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.