I came in the front door from a extremely hot day at work. There was my wife at the stove preparing tonight’s supper. I could have told her how I was still wet with sweat. Like most everyday I ask how she was feeling. I could tell right away she was exhausted from taking care of budget and her printer.
She informed me that she had to deal with our medical insurance provider over the phone multiple times to get an upcoming doctor appointment settled. I said, that I had submitted time off for the day of the appointment. Then for some reason instead of putting in my two cents worth, I just listened. It is always best for a husband to listen and only give feedback when asked. I have a terrible habit of giving feedback before she is finished talking.
As she finished preparing the rest of the meal I didn’t say one word. For some reason I thought it best to say nothing but sit patiently in a chair and just listen. After she was finished venting I just moved to my recliner until she proclaimed the meal was ready for us to eat. She took her plate of food to her room and I to my chair. It was so peaceful.
I know now that God had intervened as soon as I came in the door this afternoon and guided me just to listen for once.
Before I started this post I thought to find out what scripture says about listening. As I went to http://www.biblegateway.com as I do frequently, there was the verse of the day. The verse is James 1: 22 ” Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says”. Further search leads me to, Proverbs 1:5 ” let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance”. There were plenty of other scripture passage where Jesus used the word “listen”.
I learned two important things today . Listen more and speak less in marriage. Always listen for His voice to learn wisdom and guidance.