This story had me pondering our own lives. The times that Joel and I made big decisions without following this process stand out clearly in my mind. Ironically, several of those center around moving! I am sure there are a number of other decisions that we plowed ahead with throughout our lives too, without taking the time to listen to God. Sometimes there were lessons to be learned in our choices, and sometimes God closed doors or gently guided us back onto the right path. Often we ended up on the wrong path when we were too impatient to wait for guidance. Then there were those times we just thought we "knew" what God was thinking. He must get tired of that!
God was speaking to me with this story. It came the day before I would need it! He wanted me to listen. Not just to Him but to those I love and care about. Like so often in my life, He knew what I would need before I did.
The Bible is full of promises, commands, and words of love that God wants us to listen to. Here is one of my favorite passages lately.
"My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
Don't lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they are life to those who hear them
and healing for their whole body."
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