Haggai 1:5 (New International Version)
5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.
What a perfect verse for this week of pondering and listening.
In fact, in the short book of Haggai, an exhortation to give careful thought is repeated at least four times.
Haggai writes in verse 9: "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the Lord Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house."
As I read the words, "What you brought home I blew away," I thought of the disembodied fingers of a human hand that appeared at King Belshazzar’s feast .
The message that the fingers wrote on the wall was about a life measured and found lacking.
Sobering thoughts to start a day; being busy, but with the wrong things.
So I listen and ponder. I give careful thought. So much of my life is out of order. I get some of it right and so much of it wrong.
Still I know that I am his beloved child and that if I listen he will teach me.
If I slow down he will take my hand.