I need a break. I need to spend some serious quiet time with my Father. I need to refresh myself and listen for that still and quiet Voice. For the next several weeks you will get to meet many of my friends. I am excited to introduce you to my friend Holly Solomon Barrett. Please leave her a comment, thanking her for her willingness to guest post today.
I’ll admit that I never thought I’d blog about ear wax. But then I never thought God could teach me a lesson using ear wax either.
So a couple of years ago, I had a head cold and ear infection and went back to the doctor for a re-check appointment after finishing my medicines. I felt much better but was still having trouble with my ears being “stopped up” and feeling very pressurized. It’s not uncommon for me to have to have my ears flushed out every year or so due to excess wax. (I know it’s more than you wanted to know…but that part is vital to understanding my thoughts for today!)
No surprise to me, when the doctor looked at my ears again, the right one was plugged up with wax. So we went through the whole procedure of placing drops of a warm softening agent in my ear and then flushing it out over and over again with water. This time the wax was particularly stubborn. Both the doctor and the nurse flushed my ear canal numerous times, checked and re-checked my ear, and finally dug the last piece out with a small instrument.
And by “dug” I mean pried, scraped, and pulled it out! Ouch!
As I lay there with the softening agent dripping into my ear for the second time in one afternoon, I wondered if this is sometimes how my heart appears to God. Small, closed, and stubbornly wrapped around something He wants to remove.
What lengths does He have to go to for me to respond to him? How often does He use the softening agent of scripture to help loosen my heart’s grip and I refuse to listen? Or maybe He allows the Spirit to flush my heart and mind with conviction and I continue to turn a deaf ear. Until finally He uses the circumstances of life as an instrument to pull my heart and mind towards Him.
And still I resist.
But thankfully He doesn’t give up. He doesn’t go away and leave me to my own devices. Like my doctor and nurse, He returns as often as He needs to, reminding me that He loves me still…and so I choose to let go and allow His love and compassion and forgiveness to wash over me.
“God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him. When I cleaned up my act, He gave me a fresh start. Indeed, I’ve kept alert to God’s ways; I haven’t taken God for granted. Every day I review the ways He works, I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.” 2 Samuel 22:21-25 (MSG)
©2012 Holly Solomon Barrett
Holly Solomon Barrett is a daughter of the King, forgiven and freed, and grateful for the opportunity to serve the Father. Holly is crazy about all the women she meets but holds a special place in her heart for the women of Providence Road Church of Christ. Holly is the Connections Minister at Providence Road Church of Christ where she currently leads G.E.M.S. (Godly, Encouraging, Ministering Sisters), the women’s ministry at PR. In addition, Holly also oversees the community transformation ministries, outreach ministries and adult education ministry at Providence Road. For more information about Holly and her ministry, please visit her website.