Listening to the Lord While Working



Most often I work listening
to the radio, wanting to escape,
wanting not to work
too hard, wanting to relax.
Today I will set my mind
on listening to the Lord,
listening to what He would
teach me.
I’m stripping wallpaper today.
That’s one of the things I do.
Instantly I see the lesson!
The wallpaper is our
hypocrisy—the facade
we often use;
our public image;
our outward show;
what we use to
cover what we don’t
like about ourselves.
Sometimes the paper comes
off easy, and the paste too.
That one is ready to be free!
To show his real self.
Today the paper is tuff.
There is a real stronghold here!
Often there are many layers—
many strongholds.
Whatever the case,
it must all come off.
He cuts it off with His sharp
And it hurts!
Then He washes off
all the old paste—
the lust, the pride.
Many times The walls
are found to have mold
and mildew, threatening
to ruin a life.
But He knows how to
take care of that too.
His cleaning bleach makes
our wall as white as snow.
Now will our wall be bare?
To attract an embarrassing stare?
Oh no my friend;
this is not the end.
He covers us with
a beautiful coat—
the paint of his glory
and righteousness.
Isaiah 61:10
I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.


About Stephen Nielsen

I'm an author, a self publisher, and a painting contractor. I live in beautiful Minnesota, USA . Welcome to my blog site.
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6 Responses to Listening to the Lord While Working

  1. preacherwin says:

    Excellent, brother.


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