Be Quiet Sometimes And Just Listen.

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Psalm 16:7

2015 Frieda P. Smith

If you do not have correct information, keep your mouth shut! Yeah, I said it! You see, I am angry with MapQuest, because MapQuest almost caused me to miss the opportunity to close on the sale of my house Tuesday evening.

Let me share with you my amazing testimony…all day Tuesday, my attorney called me back and forth, faxing and emailing documents, as I am in Virginia due to medical issues and was unable to attend the closing. At approximately 4:30 p.m., she sent a document I had to have notarized, scanned, emailed back to her, and then sent via FedEx overnight in order for the sale to go through.

The mad scramble was on. I rushed to the Pac N Mail store nearby, and had the document notarized. I dashed back to the apartment, scanned, and emailed it to the attorney as advised. Unfortunately, I neglected to charge my phone throughout the day.

I went back to the Pac N Mail store to have the document sent via FedEx overnight, but missed the FedEx driver’s last pickup for the day. The storeowner packaged the document and provided directions to the FedEx warehouse, which closed at 7:00 p.m. Unfamiliar with the area, I listened to the general directions, and expected to be able to find it once I arrived in the general vicinity.

I left the Pac N Mail store at 6:10 p.m., headed for the FedEx warehouse. I followed the directions provided, but could not find the FedEx warehouse. I pulled over and put the information into the MapQuest app on my iPhone. MapQuest loaded the directions, but before I realized the error, MapQuest had me on the Interstate headed for another FedEx facility six miles out of the way!

I looked at the clock on the dashboard of my car. It was 6:45 p.m. My phone had a 10% battery charge left. I could not allow my phone to die, as my attorney needed to reach me.

Under the circumstances, it would have easy to panic. However, I had to be quiet and just listen.

The familiar still small voice of God said, “Go back.”

I turned MapQuest off, got off the approaching exit, turned around, and headed back to the area the storeowner sent me.

While at a traffic light, I said to myself, “I pray there is someone around who can direct me to the FedEx warehouse.”

The light turned green. I pulled off and approached the next traffic light, where I would be making a left turn.

I looked up and I could not believe what was in front of me.

A FedEx truck. (I almost got out of the car and and danced, but I didn’t have time for all of that!)

I looked at my watch. It was 6:53 p.m.

I followed the truck, praying he was not making a delivery. About a quarter of a mile, he put on his left turn signal. I did likewise.

The truck drove past several buildings and rounded a curve.  I saw the most beautiful sight I had seen in a while: A parking lot full of FedEx trucks!

I ran inside the warehouse and handed over my package! The closing went through as scheduled Tuesday evening.

In the text that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message, in Psalm 16:7, the Psalmist David wrote, “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel.”

My friends, I shared this testimony because had I listened to the “counsel” of MapQuest, the FedEx warehouse would have closed and I would not have been able to sell my house.

It was the counsel of the Holy Spirit I listened to—the still small voice that said, “Go back”.

People of God, we are always seeking counsel from our friends, mentors, and family members. It is wonderful to have people in our lives who we can go to for Godly advice.

However, never forget Jesus is Our Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) and as we pray, He will always give us the answers we need.

Be quiet sometimes and just listen.  

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