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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: Would You Like A Q-Tip?
By L.M. Lee


18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
He rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for Him!

19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
you will weep no more.
How gracious He will be when you cry for help!
As soon as He hears, He will answer you.

20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity
and the water of affliction,
your teachers will be hidden no more;
with your own eyes you will see them.

21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left,
your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
"This is the way; walk in it."
Isaiah 30

I fell in love with these verses the first time I read them over 20 years ago. They conjure up images of an anxious child, standing before a fork in the road of life.

Then miraculously, from behind the perplexed child, a teacher appears. The teacher moves in quietly from behind. He places his reassuring hands on the child’s shoulders and gives a loving squeeze. Then he leans over and whispers the answers to every question into the child’s ear. His mouth so close, the warm breath of each spoken word can be felt against the child’s attentive ear lobe.

The child, with the wisdom that truth and knowledge bring, confidently steps forward onto the path. Every step now guided by the teacher. Never faltering; never fearful; the child now boldly faces life with the guarantee of success.

What comfort!

What assurance!

What a life!

Of course, I would probably turn to argue with the teacher or worse swat at his annoying breath as if it were a mosquito buzzing around. One look at my life choices would confirm my behavior in the presence of the teacher.

But…the promise is still valid. There is no expiration dating on the Word of God. To quickly forego the resplendent promises available to the person who learns to listens to the teacher because of previous failures, would be a mistake.

Realizing this, who would not want to live in the presence of a teacher who is instantaneously available the very second you are confronted with a life question?

Question confronts you.

Voila, the teacher appears with the answer!

No more antagonizing years of waiting in fervent prayer. No more moments of gut wrenching remorse. No more tripping around in uncertainty. No more pain!

It all sounds too good to be true!

But wait a cotton picking minute, didn’t Jesus promise us this type of teacher? Didn’t He say…

26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in My name,
will teach you all things
and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 14

Why do I find myself stumbling around in absentminded confusion so often? Could it be that I have wax in my spiritual ears? If so, what kind of Q-tip to use?

It is so easy to resort to Sunday school answers. Although valid, there must be something more. Something I am missing, not seeing, not hearing…what is it, Teacher?

© 7/14/04 Lissa M. Lee

Member Comments
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Phyllis Inniss07/19/04
What kind of Q-tip indeed to clean our spiritual ears - to hear the Teacher, who is there in an instant?
Mary Elder-Criss07/20/04
Lissa, Nice job, per usual. Liked this line...There is no expiration dating on the Word of God." Amen. Just have to be open to learning from it.
Brenda Fletcher07/21/04
I love the scripture and the story.
Joanne Malley07/22/04
Really nice!..."wait a cotton picking minute, and "what kind of Q-tip to use." I really like when writers weave a little creative phrasing into their work. Good job. :)
Jean Boulmay07/22/04
Enjoyed reading very much. Good job!
Marcell Billinghurst07/22/04
I enjoyed reading this. good word pictures. Written with humor but very true. The Holy Spirit is always available to teach us. The question is, Are our ears open to hear?
Kenny Paul Clarkson07/22/04
Yes. I need a Q-tip.

Excellent entry and sermon idea!

Deborah Porter 07/23/04
"Voila" Lissa! Another excellent entry. I really liked this, right down to the need for a spiritual q-tip (we call them "cotton buds") to clean out our spiritual ears. Good work. Love, Deb
Karen Treharne07/25/04
The way you used the Isaiah 30 verses throughout was very good writing. Your version of how these passages made you feel was beautifully described with feeling that made me experience this part of scripture in a new and delightful way. Although I thought your Q-tip reference was clever, for me it was detracting from the how the piece began...it didn't altogether connect for me...but I liked it. Very original and good use for your "spiritual ears". For me, I might revise the ending a bit to restate and sum up the beginning more. I think this may be my new favorite verse, thanks to you. With the visual of a confused child and the teacher, our Lord, whispering encouragement and direction...so heart-warming and just how I picture Christ with me sometimes. God bless you in your continued witnessing through your writing.