Yesterday in class, we started to look at words and phrases associated with giving and asking for directions. (As a typical American male I figure I won’t need these since I never ask for directions.) There are two words that I found very interesting in the terminology.
First the word/phrase for right or on the right is “a droite” pronounced “ah dwat” and then word/phrase for going straight is “tout droit” pronounced “too dwa”. Now the first word is a big difference but the second is only separated by pronouncing or not pronouncing the t. Could lead to a bit of confusion. (Honestly in French there are many words like this. anyways..)
That careful listening for the t started me thinking about listening to God. Are we often so quick to respond to God that we fail to listen to all of His commands and words to us? Maybe we ask for His guidance and He starts His response with, “That is something I have wanted for you also,” and then we are off and running. We get to the work of what we asked Him about. We work hard, set our face to the goal and it fails miserably. Then we wonder if that is what God wanted. We prayed and asked for His guidance and He responded with, “That is something I have wanted for you also,” and we get angry at Him for letting us fail. All the while God is waiting to finish his sentence. He is longing for you to let Him pronounce the t. “That is something I have wanted for you also, but now is not the time.” or “That is not the way I need it to happen.” Or any number of other ways that He decides to work His will.
We, myself included, are often so quick to follow what directions we have we fail to make sure we have the complete list or the right list of directions. Now I know there are times that God speaks a list of directions that seem incomplete and that could cause us to stop and wait for more, but more often than that, we rush into things that are not part of His plan because we never gave Him time to pronounce the “t”.
How about you are you letting God finish His sentence or do you run before He pronounces the “t”.