I was reading Isaiah 50:4 today regarding speech in a Joyce Meyer book. [The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning, He wakens My ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught].
Several years ago I struggled with the comments people made that my words were so truthful, sometimes painful, but honest. Who wants to be the person who makes someone uncomfortable? I saw this is a thing to be hidden. There was no dishonesty, but instead an attempt to be less forthright. I don’t like confrontation, am uncomfortable with unresolved issues and certainly felt there was a negative connotation within the notion of being a truth speaker. And there is, isn’t there? We all say we want to hear the truth…so long as it doesn’t require us to change beyond our comfort zone.
What a joyful thing it is to now realize the privilege that comes along with this characteristic. It took time to develop, and probably always will—tempering words with gentleness. Transparent, no- holds- barred honesty, absolutely must be mixed with compassion and love. Thought is required of the speaker before uttering a word. Not an easy feat! This summer has ushered in a season of coming alongside. Murmuring truth drenched in love and resolve. It is a burden to know you are designed to fulfill this role, because there is no peace unless you follow through. That burden is dissolved when past personal experiences, also showed me how to “speak a word in season to him who is weary“. Oh, that I would go through it all again, every painful experience that laid foundation to being able to comfort others. Suffering with sharing the lessons would be shallow, wasted. Without the journey there would be no reward. Yes! If you are called to this role, embrace it! It is a rich relationship that is cushioned by the words of love, in season.