Years ago, when my youngest son was about 6 or 7 years old, he wrote me the sweetest Mother’s Day note. He sang my praises line after line…until the very end. That’s when he said it. The line I’ll always remember. After a long list of my great attributes, he said, “BUT…you’re too ‘talky’.” Ouch! Apparently, that’s a 6-year-old’s code for “you talk way too much.” 🙂
I have to admit, I laughed out loud at (and felt very blessed by) his sweet little letter, but it definitely made me wonder if he had a point. Maybe I do talk too much? Maybe I need to scale back? Maybe I need to listen more?
Solomon once wrote there’s “a time to be silent and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). In one of his Proverbs he wrote “Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow!” (Proverbs 10:19, TLB). If King Solomon was the wisest man to ever walk the earth, perhaps we need to pay heed to his advice.
I’m wondering if God ever thinks we’re “too talky.” Sometimes when we go to Him in prayer, we talk, we ask, we whine, we complain, we reason, we defend ourselves, we hem and haw. None of these things are out of line when we pray because I believe God does love to hear what’s in our heart. But do we ever “turn off the flow” and just listen? Be still? Ponder His greatness in thought? Be reflective? Be open to hear from Him? Be silent? Just…be…in His presence?
It may seem awkward or uncomfortable to us, but I think God digs it when we “turn off the flow” and simply tune in to Him. Therefore, I’m going to give you a challenge. This week when you spend time in prayer, measure how much time you spend talking versus how much time you spend listening. You may be in the 99th percentile at first—which sounds good, but not really applicable here. You may spend 99% of your time talking and 1% of your time listening. See if you can “turn off the flow,” scale back the “talky” and just be.
Be open to hear from Him.
…Tune in to what God may be trying to communicate to you.
“Be silent in the presence of the Lord God, for the Day of the Lord is near” (Zephaniah 1:7, HCSB).
Turn off the flow!
…Tune into Him.