Today’s blog could be sub-titled another Lesson from the Wall!
I’m going to experiment too – the video is on my Facebook page here or click on the picture below
After laying well over 10,000 bricks, I am still not an expert but I do know how to brick-lay to my own standard. I know what I set out to do and I know when I complete it – sometimes it’s straight and I am satisfied, sometimes it’s rustic (straight-ish) and often it is good enough to do the job.
My walls are to enhance the garden God has given me and will ultimately be a working wall, to grow fruit trees along, to give a water feature, as a base for a greenhouse and a backdrop for a patio and barbeque area. Each wall helps to give the garden shape and character.
However, I still hate it when I make a mistake! Just lately, I needed to put in two slopes on the wall, the first to make way for a step and then lead into the area (this went very well and was quite easy to complete). The second further along, followed the slope of the hill and will demarcate between the patio and the grand-children’s (or big kid’s) playing area. This one didn’t go so well. Why?
- Was I over-confident in my abilities?
- Was I in a hurry to be finished?
- Was I not listening to my inner self?
I’m afraid so, I knew deep down that I needed to take a break, give it some more thought because the angle was not working, to look good.
The still quiet voice inside – one I’ve heard many times – which I liken to God talking to Elijah – said,
“Stop, wait, it’s not ready yet”.
I did not listen but carried on regardless (has this happened to you?)
I wanted to finish it, so I did. The result was not good. I looked at it and didn’t feel satisfied of a job well done. I had badged Denis in helping to put the coping stones on top and it still did not work.
The next day I knew what I had to do, I had to knock it down and start again, put even more work and time into it than before. This is the problem of not listening to warnings inside or outside of myself. Putting it right, making the corrections takes even more effort.
Now it is rebuilt and it works but I wonder how can I stop myself in the future when I know not to continue?
- It could be a conversation with someone
- It could be to travel somewhere
- It could be do or not to do a particular job or role…
- It could be about an action you are about to take
- It could be …
The scenarios are endless and as God is in the smallest details of our lives, He whispers to us, using Holy Spirit, when it’s not really working.
On the days when we go ahead, regardless. On the days when we use our own strength, intellect or emotions to push through when we should pull back. An outside gain or ambition makes us ignore the still small voice inside which is calmly and quietly saying, “Stop, Wait, Re-think!”
I always know when God is speaking to me because He never raises His voice and I feel at peace with the world and myself. There is no rush, no hurry and no panic. It all works out well in the end.
I know that He wants me to get it right first time and not to go through the frustrations of putting things right or redoing it.
So, if I know this why don’t I listen?
My worst scenario is having to re-do things, and that is my consequence when I do not listen! I hear but do not listen!
Today’s lesson from my wall means when I look at it, it is my reminder to listen and not put up walls to ‘block’ out the quiet voice within. After all I know He is on my side.
How are you doing with yours? Do you listen each time? Want to tell me your story? I’d love to hear it. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire:
and after the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:12 (King James Bible)
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