– by Mary May Larmoyeux– One of our little granddaughters once had a bad habit of sucking her thumb. She was trying to stop but not succeeding. So I asked her a question: “Did you ask God to help you?”
“Yes,” she answered, “but He must have been sleeping.”
So I said, “Let’s see what the Bible says about God sleeping,” and looked up “sleep” in the index. Turning to Psalm 121:4, I paraphrased it and said something like, “He who watches over you will not sleep.”
“Honey, does God sleep?” I asked.
“No,” she said, pausing for about a half of a second. “I guess I wasn’t listening.”
Somehow her words struck me as quite profound back then, and they still do today. I wonder how often God speaks to me and I’m not listening.
Take the recent time when I was feeling overwhelmed with the seemingly chaotic events of life. I decided to get off of the Internet, turn off the news, put my cell phone down and sit on the back porch with my Bible to listen. Living in the country, my heart calmed that evening as I heard the symphony of frogs and crickets.
As I paid attention to the peaceful sounds of night I was reminded of who is in control. That God is still the Master Conductor leading the grand symphony of life. That individually the music of some instruments, like cymbals, may not make a pretty song. But that under the Conductor’s hand, their sounds can become the stirring conclusion to a masterful performance.
I read Scriptures that night like Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding,” and Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything … let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God … will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
And then once again all seemed right with the world. Why? Because I finally listened. I put my trust in the hands of the Conductor instead of trying to understand the confusing music of my life.
How about you? Have you asked God to help you today?
Are you a busy parent or grandparent who needs to pull away from the pressures of life so you can hear what the Master Conductor is saying?
He is speaking to each and every one of us. Through His Word, through creation, through others. Is it time for you and me to listen to the wisdom of God?
What helps you hear what God has to say to you and your family?
© 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
If you would like some creative ideas for grandparents, check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)