The Best Listener

My frustration had reached a really high level.

Can you identify with this uncomfortable emotional state ?

It is a type of anger that results when our needs are not being met.

I felt I needed to talk to someone, to ‘vent’ , to have someone who would understand and comfort me in my distress.

The three best listeners I know came to mind – my husband, my friend Anne and my brother, Michael, but then I remembered instead, the Best Listener, and I decided to talk to him instead.

I went to my room overlooking the sea, closed the door, and spoke to God.

As a new Christian, I thought it was presumptuous when people claimed that they talked directly to God.

Gradually, however, I learned that we can speak to the ruler of the universe, through our faith in Jesus, who has created a bridge between God and man. Talking to God is called praying.

Jesus told us in the scriptures, that no one can approach the Father, unless they come through Him. ( John 14:6 )

Those who believe that ‘there are many paths to God’ would probably find this message offensive, and yet, for love of neighbour, God asks us to share that He is personal and loving , and we can communicate with Him directly, but we need to come through Christ.

I spent a long time that night talking with God, and then I listened, in silence, to the impressions that came to my mind.

I realized the part that I had played in creating my frustrations. I became aware also of the tremendous frustrations that Jesus felt during his earthly life, as He tried to teach proud Pharisees, his often cowardly disciples, and fickle crowds of listeners. Jesus understands frustrations.

Since the day I decided to consult the Best Listener, I regularly bring my concerns to Him through prayer.

My frustrations have decreased, and my peace has grown.

The words of the hymn remind of us a great truth. :

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear,

What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.

Photo by Sally

38 thoughts on “The Best Listener

  1. We do indeed have the best listener, we often can be quick to talk to someone else but you are right the best is to spend some time in prayer with God first. It also helps us see what we can do to not feel frustrated because it is only our actions and reactions that we can change and no one else’s.

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  2. When you noted that prayer is talking with God, I thought, β€œGood job, Sally! Remind us how simple it is. So many prayers these days don’t sound like a conversation; they’re more like someone reciting the same poem again and again.

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  3. Great Post Sally! We really do have a great listener, our ruler of the universe. I also love that song, “what a friend we have in Jesus”. We used to sing that song a lot in the church I went to in England. God bless πŸ₯°

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  4. Wow!This is certainly a lovely post ,full of hope and peace in it .We really need frustrations as that takes us to the best doctor who can heal everyone.God bless.Take care.πŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΉ

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      1. I am glad to know that you are happy despite the difficulties and sufferings of life.Cheer up !You are a child of the mighty God so everything will be okay.God bless.Take care.

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  5. Yes! indeed God is the best listener at all times and very patient when listening. Prayer is about the only key that unlocks every blocked doors, open up every embargoes. Wishing you peace always πŸ™

    On Wed, Oct 6, 2021, 19:26 Theology of a Newfoundland Housewife wrote:

    > Sally posted: ” My frustration had reached a really high level. Can you > identify with this uncomfortable emotional state ? It is a type of anger > that results when our needs are not being met. I felt I needed to talk to > someone, to ‘vent’ , to have someone who ” >

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    1. Thanks so much. I remember that my mother-in-law had a tiny key, on which was written : ‘prayer is the key’. Let us indeed keep praying, for It is so powerful. πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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