This is the second installment in the “Why We Blog” series. If you would like to participate by writing your own “Why We Blog” post, let me know via the “Contact Me” link or in the comments. I’ll link to you here at Getting Down With Jesus.
In the stillness, I watched morning’s blue light swallow dim corners of my living room.
This is my quiet time. This is when I listen for God speaking.
Blanket in tow, Anna crept up the stairs and curled her pajama-ed body next to mine in the recliner.
She spoke in a whisper: “This is the right thing to do today.” I smiled, not knowing what the “right thing” meant to her — but knowing what it meant to me just then. I closed the Bible; God was still speaking.
“The power is going to go out soon,” I whispered to the child pressing in. “We won’t have any lights, or TV, or computer for a while.”
Yes, this was “the right thing to do.” We waited — mother and child, listening.
A crew from the electric company was in the front yard, out by the highway, making the final adjustment on a switch from overhead power lines to underground power. They had trenched in a line through the ditch. For a while, we would be powerless while the transition was made.
A transition from Power,
held high on cross-shaped beams
… to Power, trenched in.
Just like my faith …
From the mountaintop awe of a woman who first realized her need for a Savior …
And then faith, dug in deep.
Still in desperate need of the Power source, I am.
But in my house, power was about to go out. I put lips to child’s ear: “Our house will be really quiet, won’t it?”
“It is already quiet, Mommy,” she whispered.
“But it’s not really quiet yet. Can’t you hear all the noises?” I asked. There was the house fan, the radio humming in my bedroom, the click-click of clothes tumbling in the dryer. “Just wait. Soon there will be no noise at all.”
Anna added this: “We have to listen for the quiet. You have to be really quiet to listen for the quiet.”
And so we listened. At once, it happened.
Radio shushed. Fan stopped. Dryer silenced.
God speaking; child and I listening for the quiet.
And that is why I blog: To listen for the quiet.
What would I have missed had I not been listening? I think I would have missed the treasure hunts, and sunflower deliveries, and the beauty of a scar. I think I would have missed a lot, because I was rarely slowing enough to listen …
My blogging friend, the talented Billy Coffey, describes his blog like this: “Surely there is something to learn each day. Some new truth, however small. All you need is a little effort, a little time, and a lot of attention. So this is me, paying attention…”
And here at GDWJ, this is me, listening.
Participating in “Why We Blog” so far:
mom2six at Treasures of Darkness. In her post, mom2six writes: “This is how I share the voice He has given me.”
Chrissy at A Pastor’s Wife … The Faith Journey. In her post, she says: “I guess maybe, some day, some scared wife will read my blog and see it’s not so bad being a pastor’s wife.”
Christy Rose at The Secret Life of an American Wife and Mom. In her post, “Why I Blog,” Christy says blogging helps her resolve the struggles she faces, and that those answers often come right in the midst of the writing.
Spaghettipie hosted a similar series at her blog last year. Here’s her contribution to this project. (Her entire series is worth checking out, especially if you’re blogging as part of an effort to build a writer’s platform.)
Lyla Lindquist at A Different Story. In “Why We Blog: Blame it on the Grasshoppers,” Lyla writes: “Words can’t stay inside. They have to come out or they start on fire inside you.” (Lyla’s words are fire-starters. She is one of the most insightful bloggers I’ve come across. Her blog is worth checking out …)
James Oh at Christian Walk Toward Destiny. In his “Why We Blog” post, James says he wants to help strengthen others spiritually. Amen.
Valerie at Simply 4 God. In her post, It’s My Blogoversary, Valerie writes: “I may never know until the day I go home to be with my Lord if I indeed touched someone with my words, but that is okay. … I know that HE has been and will continue to be GLORIFIED!”
isumom at ISU and Other Life Details. In her post, Why I Blog…, isumom writes: “Sometimes I get so busy in my day to day life that the little things get forgotten, and sometimes it is the little things that matter the most.”