Thursday, December 11, 2008

In Which I Cover My Mouth Too Late

As you probably know, Thursday is our midweek bible study at church which we have fondly nicknamed, "Thirsty Thursday."

A few of us were talking before our study started and for no good reason I was being a wise guy and teasing, playfully, but teasing none the less some folks at church.

I suppose in the interest of transparency I should confess I was hassling Jim and Steve.

I should probably clarify that Jim is, well,

Pastor Jim (of this infamous story) and Steve would be...

our other Pastor.

I hadn't noticed beforehand that the microphone/recorder thing was blinking.

Just as Pastor Jim started I pointed to the mic and mouthed, with great exaggerated enunciation, to Steve,

"Is. This. On?"
(point, point, point)

"It's. Blinking."
(blinking motion with fingers then point, point, point again)

To which he nodded in the affirmative.

I gasped in horror and clasped my hand over my mouth.

I realized all my "wise guy-ness" had been recorded.

Ah, oops

It was in that moment that I remembered this verse from Hebrews 4:

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

In other words, there is no hiding from God. He sees and hears it all. And His opinion is the only one that matters.

I wasn't too concerned about my words before I realized they were being recorded. I had forgotten that my words are always being recorded. In Heaven.

Smell that? I believe it's more wood, hay and stubble being added to my pile.


My mouth, big surprise, has gotten me into trouble more than once.

There is an old saying, "Your strength is your weakness."

Well, talking is my strength and unfortunately putting my foot into my mouth, offending someone or hurting their feelings are the weaknesses.

I then remembered this verse from Proverbs 10 which the New Living Translation hits squarely on the head:

Don't talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!

Although I was listening to our study tonight, I was continuing to work through my thoughts about my mouth and my often careless use of words.

I took comfort that even though I slipped tonight and regressed into my former wise guy ways, that I can see the Lord's faithfulness in my life by the work He has already done.

~I am much better than I used to be in the sarcasm department.

~I am a bit slower to offer advice.

~I am practicing being gentle with my voice.

~I definitely need work in the interrupting department. I haven't acquired the listening skills I would prefer.

Overall, I know the Lord is working His character into my life and that He will be faithful to complete what He started.

I started to think about that entire ending of Hebrews 4 starting in verse 12:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Yes Jesus is our High Priest who has faced all of our temptations and yet never sinned. He lived life perfectly and now not only intercedes on our behalf but has switched places with us in the eyes of the Father.

Now when God sees us that believe and accept the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf, He sees the perfect life that Jesus lived out. All my sins, all my sarcasm, all my wise guy remarks were nailed to the cross of Calvary.

Truly I can come to the throne of grace (that unearned and unmerited favor) and find grace to help and boy do I need help!

My heart was again flooded with the peace that surpasses all understanding.

I know that the Lord is working in me- refining me. I can trust the grace provided to me.

As soon as Pastor Jim finished Steve walked over and picked up the recorder.

"Oh no. It was still on pause."

Apparently, it hadn't recorded anything.

I had to smile as I remembered Romans 5:20,

"But where sin abounded, grace did abound much more"


Anonymous said...

That was awesome Mom. Did the teaching not get recorded either, or was that all still before we started?

That was an amazing reminder for me also. It totally blessed me.

Hope your coffee doesn't take too long! (hee hee)


Lainie said...

The whole teaching wasn't taped :(

Thank you sweetie! You bless me every day...

Anonymous said...

Oh, NOOOOO! That was an awesome teaching! I had brought the recording nano, too, with the mic. (sigh) If only I had known...


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