I feel like I should write something
If you write when you have nothing to say
Can people hear it?
How often do we say something just because there is a lull
We really don’t have anything important to impart to our friends and neighbors
But we feel obligated to put sound, if not knowledge out for the masses to process
My mom used to say I was talking just to hear myself talk
Maybe she was right
I wanted someone to hear me even if it was just ME
Because if someone is listening to me
That means I exist and I am valuable
I have even accused my own children of rattling on
Just to hear themselves
When Emily was in kindergarten
I picked her up from school after I picked up the older children
They tried to be engaged in conversation before Emily got in the car because if they didn’t
She would start talking as soon as she was within earshot and they would be out of luck
They would talk about anything and everything that popped into their head
Just to keep the conversation from being turned over to her
She would be ready to explode with words by the time we got home
It was always funny
Once she wanted to tell me about her friend who had a smashed toe
She started to go into great detail on the condition of that poor little toe
If there is one thing Emily is known for, it is great attention to detail
Way more than I wanted or could stomach!
I told her she couldn’t tell me all the gory details
She would start and I would stop her
She would come at it from a different angle but still with the details and again I would stop her
She stuck her head out of the car window and just started telling her story to the wind
She HAD to get it out of her system
She HAD to share her knowledge
Even if no one would appreciate it!
We all broke up laughing at that one
As soon as she had shared her knowledge of that banged up little toe with anyone outside of our car
She was content
She had been heard
She was validated
Even if it was only by the wind
How often do we feel we have to do all the talking when we spend time with the Father?
We feel we will absolutely bust if we don’t tell Him all the things we want
How often do we just sit and listen?
Hear what He has to say to us instead of reading off our petitions?
Our Father is eager to hear us but He also longs for us to hear Him
Perhaps we should listen twice as much as we speak
After all, we have two ears and only one mouth