Sometimes He Whispers

Life is crazy.  Life is busy.  Life can get a bit overwhelming at times.

I used to be somewhat of a “workaholic.”  I did it out of both necessity and the love for my jobs.  During the school year, I would easily work 10 to 12 hour days.  I worked from 7:00-3:00 and then would tutor for several hours after school.  I was tired by the time I got home from work.  Exhausted actually.  So tired I would fall asleep on the couch between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m.  Occasionally, I would start to not feel well.  If I continued on this path, full speed ahead, I would get a full blown sickness, have to take off work, etc.  If I took care of myself, slowed down a little and took it easy for a while, the sickness would go away and I would be back to where I was before.  Full speed ahead.

See, I think sometimes God whispers to us.  He might whisper things like, “Slow Down” “Take it Easy” “Start Eating Better” “Be Kind to Yourself” “Stop Stressing” “Go to the Doctor” “Take Better Care of Yourself.”

If we listen and do what we know to do, life continues on like always.  IF we choose to listen to his whispers.  If we don’t listen to His whispers or He knows we won’t, he has to shout.

There have been a few times in my journey that He has shouted at me.  Back in 2008, my headaches went from headaches to migraines and my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic.  God shouted and in the next few months, I joined Weight Watchers to change my life.  No more headaches and blood sugar was returned to normal.

It Sux To Be Fat Before and After

Two years ago, I was finishing my first year of fifth grade teaching and I got a sore throat.  Nothing major, just a regular sore throat.  I didn’t stop.  I kept going full speed ahead.  Well, about a week later I got full blown laryngitis and couldn’t speak the last two days of school.  Try giving out awards to fifth graders with no voice.  Try keeping fifth graders calm on the last day of school with no voice.  It is no fun.  I didn’t listen when He whispered so I had no choice when He shouted.

Just recently, God shouted at me.

I heard stories from family and friends about stress causing pre-term labor.  My mom asked me to please take it easy if I started to feel bad.  I said I would.  Deep down I wasn’t really sure if I would or not.  I am not sure I would even know when I started to feel bad.  Well, God shouted on Monday, August 10 when I was put in the hospital.  He spoke through my gynecologist who made the decision to put me on bed rest.  He shouted and said, “This baby is mine and we are going to do what is best for her.”  Honestly, NOTHING is more important than having her healthy at this point.  Even if it means I am bored out of my mind!

God does not send thunder if a still, small voice is enough

Why don’t we listen when he whispers?  Why does He have to shout at us?  I think honestly it is because we are too busy.  We don’t stop to listen.  We run around like chickens with our heads cut off.  We are too busy raising kids, watching television, working, working out, sleeping, trying to balance life.  We-are-too-busy.

It is time to stop and listen.  See what He is whispering for us to do.  Then, we have to do it.  That is the hard part.  Slow down, take time, and listen.  You never know what He is going to say to you.

When was the last time you stopped to listen to God’s whispers?  What did He say to you?

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.