Oh, to be Zacharias! I was reminded tonight, during a study of John the Baptist, of how his father, Zacharias, was made mute by the angel Gabriel. When he was first informed of his wife’s pregnancy (she was apparently pretty old for being pregnant in that day), he didn’t believe the news. I mean….come on dude! You have this magnificent being standing in front of you. They didn’t celebrate Halloween back then, and probably the only nut cases in town didn’t dress half as well as Gabriel did. How could you not believe an angel?!
Anyway, ‘ol Zacharias must have thought he was hearing things because he chose not to believe this amazing news. Since he did not believe, he was not able to speak until the day came that John was to be circumcised and daddy needed to confirm the name that the baby was going to be given. I thought to myself…you know what? I kind of wish God would make me mute sometimes.
How many times could arguments or misunderstandings be avoided if we could just be better at listening and seeing? Honing in on our other ways of communicating and taking in everything that goes on around us? Too many times I have been criticized by my quietness, which in turn has forced me to think that I need to talk more….which never comes out the right way! When I was younger, my quietness was taken as me being stuck up or mean. Now my quietness is taken as me being cold and angry. However, when I speak, I get flustered when I don’t have what I’m going to say thought out before hand (I’m a notecard gal when publicly speaking). It also doesn’t help that I was gifted with my family’s resting face (it’s not the happiest looking). So I’ve started to practice at least raising the corners of my mouth whenever I’m in “resting face” mode, though it’s hard to remember to do all the time. I mean, then it’s not really resting, right?
I do admire the people who always seem to know the right thing to say at the right time. I, however, too often fall into the same mind set as Zacharias did. Sarcasm, disbelief, criticism, mocking, irritation, frustration, and just plain not thinking before I open my mouth. Granted, no situation of mine will ever be as risky to talk wrong about as the life of John, but I would still like to hope that God will push my mute button when the important time comes for me to hold my tongue. As I grow in my relationship with God and I keep his will in mind throughout my interactions, that I will be moved to stay silent when the time comes. To clean the potatoes out of my ears (mom kept telling me I was growing them…I have yet to see them), and to be a better understander than a better orator. To put away the “me” thinking and bring out the “Him” thinking. Or, as my favorite band says…”Dear Prudence, open up your eyes.”
Tags: Disbelief, Dumb, faith, God, Meekness, Mute, Prudence
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