I left my ear buds at home today when I went for my morning walk.
I didn’t mean to. I actually had planned to bring them and continue listening to the podcasts I’ve been catching up on. But as I dug into my pocket they weren’t there.
That’s when the phone rang. And I spent half of my walk talking with a lady from church planning on how I can help with the ministry training on Saturday. I’m going to be teaching the other volunteers on running a small group and how to keep kids involved. I have enough ideas for 5 hours of material, but I’m maybe presenting for an hour? I have some cutting to do.
But then I hung up and was faced with silence.
I don’t do silence. I do movement, and noise, and going.
But God does. God uses silence. He talks to us in silence, and today I heard pray.
So I did. I prayed for the kid who was bit by a spider and had surgery. I prayed for the upcoming training and what God would have me say. I prayed for the kids in my Sunday School class. I prayed for my kids and how I can help lead them in family discipleship. I prayed for our country and the leaders who make big decisions. I prayed for other countries where it’s scary to be a Christian.
I also got distracted. I’ll admit it. I started working on to-do lists. I started writing imaginary answers to questions.
But, God kept pulling me back. I won’t take a bit of credit for it, because I’m way too ADD to concentrate. But, walking helps me focus on things like this. It’s why I walk when I talk on the phone. If I’m standing still I start doing stuff, and get distracted and suddenly I realize I wasn’t paying attention.
Thankfully God uses me just as I am, and he can take my weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Sometimes God uses the unexpected events the best.