This week is a grocery store lesson. I went to our hometown grocery store and took in the reusable bags. These bags are so easy to overfill because they carry so much! So the bag was just a “little” heavy. I put it on the passenger seat, so it would be easy to grab when I got home. Call it lazy, or I’m just tired after work, either way, I’m okay with that. However, as I started to drive, the seatbelt light came on and the little “bell” kept tolling, telling me that my grocery bag wasn’t wearing it’s seatbelt. I kept driving home, it’s not a long way from the store to my house and I wasn’t going to stop and buckle up my bag, lol.
It did make me think though. How many times in life has a little red light gone off in my head and I have ignored it. It might have not seemed like a big deal, but sometimes it’s those little things that become slow progressions towards the apathy that plagues us at times. It could be something big that we choose to ignore and later have to deal with the consequences. None of us are immune to missing those red “lights” and sometimes we choose to ignore them, thinking it will be okay.
I know in my past, I have missed some significant red “lights” and dismissed them with such amazing rationality. I know I ended up in an abusive first marriage by missing the red lights. I heard things and dismissed them because I believe in the power of God to work in our lives and that God can change us. Which I still believe with my whole heart. However, it’s a willing heart that changes.
So, as I get older, I hope I get a little wiser. I want to listen to God when he stirs my heart. When something doesn’t seem right, or when I need to do something different. I want to hear from the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to ignore or dismiss the little things, or even rationalize away what God is telling me.
“So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…”
There’s no time like today to start listening to God. May we be aware of His Holy Spirit.