Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Who’s Speaking to Whom?

Have you ever been talking to someone, sharing from the wealth of wisdom you’ve accumulated over your life, and realized God may be speaking directly to … YOU? That’s what happened to me over Labor Day weekend.

My family and I were in the UP and went kayaking one afternoon. Along the way, my youngest son was having trouble and started to get very frustrated. I could see that he was going down the wrong path so I paddled over to him, intending to help him calm down. When I got next to Matthew and before I even got one word out of my mouth, I could see I was in for a battle. He didn’t want to calm down or listen. The only thing of interest to him at that time was slamming his paddle and yelling.

As I tried to explain that he wouldn’t be able to get control of his kayak and make progress until he got control of himself and as I watched him pitching a fit -- ignoring my every word -- God opened my eyes and my heart.

Sitting there in my kayak, sharing my words of wisdom, I wondered how many times God has held on to my arm and spoken those same words to me. How many times have I pitched a fit and missed His attempts to calm my heart?

How about you? Ever been in that boat?

Father in heaven, thank You for Your unending patience with me!
Karen Hossink


  1. God's given me a new lesson from Psalm 46:10: "Be still and know that I am God..." The words "be still" mean cease striving and that's what I do. Most times when God wants to speak or move or comfort or fight for me, I have my arms waving in the air, fingers pointing, teeth grinding and jaw setting too much for Him to get close enough to calm me.

    Thanks for this reminder!


  2. Dori - Isn't His patience with us amazing???
    We fuss and cry, while He looks at us and says, Be still, dear one.
    I am so thankful!!!

  3. Oh indeed Karen, I've been there, done that as they say. I'm thankful that He never takes His grip from me even in the fuss. Thanks for the blessing of the reminder!

    Just found this blog on your profile page as I started to visit you so I thought I'd pop in. Nice blog.

    Blessings to you and your family dear sister. Love you!

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart on your blog, even though this is a few years old. God spoke right to me! I'm struggling to learn to be still and calm down so that God can help me.

    1. AutumnPaige, I'm so glad you found this blog - even though it's a few years old. ;)
      God's Truth is timeless. Amen?
      Praying for you as you struggle to learn how to let God help you.