Tuesday when I was walking with Gus to the car after school another car in the parking lot started to back out… I guess she didn’t see us because she just kept backing. I said, “Gus, stop.” But he kept walking. I said it again louder, “Gus, stop!” But he kept walking. One more time even louder, “GUS! STOP!” He was in his own world. I had to grab his back pack and pull him back beside me to keep him from getting hit. It was one of those moments as a mom you are scared mad, but trying to remain calm in front of all of the other moms. I held it together until we were in the privacy of our own car and then I let him have it. I explained that he almost just got hit by a car all because he was not listening! Listening is something we are always working on at our house. As I was talking to him I realized he didn’t listen the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time that I told him to stop because I have let him get in a bad habit of not having to listen at home until I ask him the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time. At home it’s nothing serious… it’s not life or death if he doesn’t pick up his blocks until the 3rd time he’s been asked, but it’s practice. If he’s not being trained to listen the first time when it comes to small things around the house why would he respond differently in the parking lot after school.
God showed me that it works the same way with us. If we can’t practice listening and obeying Him in the small things, we won’t be able to listen and obey when it comes to the big stuff.
Samuel is a perfect example of how to be a good listener. When he was just a boy (some say 12 years old) he heard the voice of God… he didn’t know it was the voice of God, but he responded right away to whose voice he thought it was… Eli’s. 3 times the Lord called out to Samuel and 3 times he went to see what Eli needed. Each time Eli let him know he was not the one calling him. The third time Samuel came to him, Eli realized what was going on and he gave Samuel this advice:
1 Samuel 3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Each time Samuel heard his name he responded to Eli right away. He didn’t wait until he heard his name 3, 4, or 5 times he got up to see what Eli wanted the first time, every time. When he realized that God was calling, he acted in the same way. He immediately responded, “Speak, for your servant hears.”
God knew that Samuel was ready to listen and ready to respond right away… he had proved that 3 times. Samuel was faithful to listen when it came to what he thought was a small thing, checking on Eli, so God knew he could trust him with a big thing. He dropped a pretty heavy prophecy on Samuel, but because he was a good listener God knew he would be faithful to deliver it correctly.
This was the story of Samuel’s life. Verse 19 says that, Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. Which means that everything Samuel said proved to be reliable… all because he knew how to listen.
God still speaks. Sometimes audibly, sometimes through our thoughts, all the time through His word. Does he have to tell you things 3, 4, or 5 times before you act on what you’ve heard? Practice hearing and obeying his voice today by asking him what he wants you to read in your Bible or who he would like you to take to lunch this week. When you get good at listening and obeying in the small things He will begin to speak to you about big things.
Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing I did command them: Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people; and walk in the whole way that I command you, that it may be well with you.
- God still speaks.
- He wants to speak to us about small things and big things.
- If we listen and obey it will be well with us.
- Samuel listened to God and chose David to be the King of Israel! Good choice!
- Being a parent teaches you a lot about being a child of God.
- Gus was close enough I could grab his back pack so he did not get hit.
- Howard B Wiggle Bottom Learns To Listen. Time to revisit this cute little book about being a good listener.
- March has arrived!
- Slept good on my cozy couch last night.
- Felt like old times last night… Josh wasn’t feeling good so we synced up the TV in the bedroom and the TV in the living room and watched AI together and texted our funny comments to each other. It was fun.
- Josh slept good and woke up feeling a lot better!
- Snuggling on the couch and watching Jake’s Birthday Bash with the kids.
- Sabbath Friday!
- Took a powerful nap this afternoon.
- Made myself a submarine sandwich that was actually really good.
- Went for a walk… in Ikea.
- Josh made dinner.
- Tomato soup!
- Josh washed all of our sheets and put them back on the bed.
- Tonight’s sleep is going to rule. Clean sheets, new topper. Yes!
- Lilo & Stich 2! Made the kid’s night.
- Fifty cent kid rentals at Block Buster today.
- Beau finally started to be her sweet self again tonight. I’ve missed her so this week. Glad she’s feeling better.
- I got the best mom of the day award when I brought Gus home some Mario sour gummies for movie night.
- Movie night round 2 for me and Josh after the kids went to bed.
- Being able to be in the same room with my sweet husband tonight. Texting was fun, but cuddling is better!
- Me and my sister posted about the same verse within minutes of each other this morning. I think it’s cool that God was speaking to us about the same thing at the same time… out of all of those verses!