Tuesday, October 23, 2007

collision: a proverb and me

{The Scene}
A phone conversation

{The Players}
-"my voice"
-my brain
-[my actions]
-(my internal corrective, a.k.a. the Spirit)
-King Solomon, the Proverb man



{Act I}

"Really…yeah."

You have got to be kidding.
Have you lost it?

(listen!)

"I’m sorry, can you say that again?"

[despite effort, return to pondering my rebuttal]

This is


"uh huh….good."

not good.
Shoot, am I lying?

(come on, now , listen! listen!)

"Was it…?"

Crap, that's a loaded question.
[mentally struggle to unload question]

ugh, are you serious?
[start to squirm with irritation]
Is this logical, or am I just...


(seriously, Katie, you’ve got to listen!)

{Enter: Solomon and his darn Proverb}

He who answers before listening— that is his folly and his shame. (18:13)




{Act II}

"Yeah. Good."
This is craz…
[let it settle]


"Mm hmmm"
But I…
(give it time)

[wait]


"Good."
[breathe and let it go]

[sigh]

Oh man, I disagree.
But for now (Lord help me)
before I speak,
I’ll listen.

3 comments:

Carrie said...

Aha! Insights into your brain!
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

boy thoughts: err? ooohh.. uhh, hmmm!? Yeah.

Katie said...

Man, that's such a hard lesson- I'm proud of you for struggling through it though and making the effort- it takes a lot!

My spiritual gift (and sometimes curse is exhortation...) it's hard to remember to use it God's hands and timing. Good luck with that!