Posted by: janpierce | April 21, 2012

I Barely Heard It

file0001094025069  A few days ago I had an experience that jolted me spiritually. I was trying to juggle all the responsibilities that weigh so heavily on me these days. I have a mother who is struggling to adjust to her new living environment, a husband who is facing some health concerns, and then there is the whole list of things I want to accomplish each day– exercise, devotions, writing, housework, yardwork, decent meals… women, you know what I’m talking about. Well, maybe a few men do too. Anyway, I was scheduled to leave for my tennis morning when I realized that maybe, just maybe, I was getting a prompt to stay home with my sweet husband, just because. I waffled back and forth for a while and then threw caution to the wind (because I feel guilty when I don’t exercise) and made the decision to stay home.

I knew immediately I’d made the right decision because of the response I got. And I also knew in that moment that I’d almost missed it–that still small voice that prompts us sometimes to do the kind thing, the loving thing, the unselfish thing. I suppose in one hundred years no one will care if I did or didn’t exercise, and maybe no one will care if I “heard” and obeyed the call to show more love. But I know and God knows that I did it right that time. For once, I slowed down enough to listen and to choose to hear and obey. There was an instant payoff and it made me wonder how many times I totally miss the small promptings of God. And just for the record, it’s not about guilt. If I’d packed up my gear and gone to play tennis I don’t think the Lord would have put a black mark by my name. I just think I would have missed the goodness and joy of a special moment. God is like that–wanting me to have a full and joy-filled life.



  1. Nice post, Jan

  2. Hugs to you both.

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