Confusing One-liners

I enjoy jogging on a certain main street in my neighborhood. A lot of joggers, skateboarders, and cyclist make their way down this road. The etiquette while jogging is to nod and say hello as you pass another jogger. If one is feeling very festive, she can try to squeeze in a fast one-liner during the few seconds of contact.

For example, one could say, “Windy day. Can’t wait to go back the other way” or “I forgot that summer has arrived already” or “Wonder if I can call a cab to pick me up.” These are quick little remarks that entertain the joggers as they sweat out all their frustration and that morning’s donut. The comments are not terribly witty or remarkable; rather, they mainly work as creative little fillers.

I always wear my headphones and jam out to Christian music while I jog. So whenever I see another jogger in the distance, I turn off the music so I can respond to whatever is being said or I can make a remark if so inclined.

However, one particular afternoon I didn’t want to turn off my radio. I was in a runner’s groove, and I didn’t feel like slowing down to look at my IPod. I decided that I would just speak to the passerby with the music playing in my ears. I prepared a quick comment about the weather and rehearsed it in my head. I was confident that I could give my small one-liner, make eye contact with the jogger and continue running my course. Simple.

Since the music was so loud in my ears, I really couldn’t hear how I sounded, but it was obvious the other jogger had no idea what I had said. All I saw as I ran past him was an expression of confusion and a little shock on his face. I’m horrified to think about what noises came out of my mouth.

Many times we as Christians do the same thing. We want to tell someone about Jesus, but we are listening to the loud noises of the world and we are unable to articulate clearly. We want to explain our relationship with Christ, but our words come out all jumbled and confused. Sometimes our entire life is one chaotic mess because we can’t distinguish God’s voice from amongst the world’s racket.

I’ve realized that in my own walk with God, I have had to tune out a lot of the world. Much of what I filter is not necessarily deemed as evil – it’s just distracting. Once I started turning down the ruckus filling my ears, I was much better at hearing from the Lord. When I could hear God’s voice, I became better at sharing His insights with others.

I know that God’s grace covers all my mess-ups, but I would like to do a better job at focusing my radar on Him. I want to clearly hear God’s voice, so He can do a mighty work in my life. If I could be diligent enough to tune-out the world’s transmissions, my ears will have greater ability to receive God’s holy signal, which is filled to overflowing with truth and promises.

What about you? What distractions can you tune out of your life, so you can better hear from God?  What changes can you make that will keep your radar alert to His plan?

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.”

Job 37.5 NIV

Alisa Hope Wagner

Alisa Hope Wagner is aggressive about leading a simple life. She enjoys working out, reading, writing and communicating God’s love and truth. She married her high school sweetheart, and together they enjoy raising their children in a Christ-centered home. Though an introvert by nature, Alisa easily expresses herself through social media, especially on her blog. She has earned her B.A. Degree in English and her M.S. Degree in Applied English Linguistics, and she volunteered in women’s ministry leadership and life group ministry for her church. She trained in Mixed Martial Arts and won her bout by TKO! She has written her debut novel, Eve of Awakening, and has started the sequel, Bear Into Redemption.

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  1. From the minute I started reading this post, I knew it was yours. So to see your name at the bottom of it was not a surprise to me. Your writing always inspired me to be better at what God has called me to do. It encourages me to look higher than what I see on the surface of life; higher to hills of God’s beckoning.

    Thank you for being a vessel that God can pour from!

    Linda J

  2. Great analogy. I was thinking of God’s one liner: “Be still and know that I am God…” that we often do not give a special time to do so. And as we know that there is a spiritual battle, how good the leader of this world is to let us drown with its cares to make us not have that precious time to be still and listen to His Voice. To read His Word. God bless.

  3. Super analogy! Clear and so applicable to our lives. How often jumble comes out of our mouths.

  4. I try to let my life speak of Christ. But that comes out as a jumble sometimes too. Too often, actually. 🙂

  5. Super analogy, and a reminder I needed. Those “good” things can certainly be distracting. Learning to tune them out is hard, but so worth it!

  6. Alisa, I really needed to her this today! God used you to speak directly to me..probably because I am in the midst of so much noise right now.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great post, Alisa! Love the analogy! Making sure we’re drowning out distractions and tuning into the ‘God channel’ makes all the difference in being a good ambassador for Christ. For me, it’s focusing on the needs of others rather than being pre-occupied with my own needs. Thanks for this post! Good stuff here! God bless! 🙂

  8. Great word, Alisa! I hear the Lord more clearly when I stop trying to figure out “why” and “how” and focus on “because He is”…



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