127. Failure to Ask

Note from The Storyteller:  If you have not read entries 1-126, don’t hesitate doing that because Stan has some insight that may help you.  All of the entries can be found at the following website:  https://www.waiting4thetrain.com/.  Also, feel free to forward this email to everyone you think would be interested in reading this blog.


“My wife,” Stan began, “had a call from her dear friend again last night.”

“Was it a good call?” I asked.

“My wife described it as a ‘sister-to-sister’ conversation.”

Continuing, Stan said, “The friend’s husband loves to plan and take road trips, usually to some remote areas.”

“I kind of like that, too,” I responded.

“Well, apparently, my wife’s friend said she is not going to go on any more such trips because her husband never asks where she would like to go, or what she would like to do.”

“Her husband does all of the planning and tells her where they are going.  She got tired of just riding along without having any input.”

“Understandable,” I replied.  “I don’t think I would like to just tag along without having any say as to where I was going.”

“The Holy Spirit,” Stan replied, “says the same thing to me.”

“What do you mean by that?” I asked.

“When I, out of my self-focused desires, go wherever I want, without consulting the Holy Spirit as to what He has in mind, I am headed in the wrong direction and I am going there by myself.”

“That’s not a good thing,” Stan added with emphasis.

“It’s like the Holy Spirit gets tired of hearing me say, ‘this is what I am going to do and this is where I am going to go.  Do you want to come along?’”

Continuing, Stan said, “If I am open to hearing Him, I will hear the Holy Spirit say, “Nope, I’m going to sit this one out.’”

“And, my friend, I can assure you I do not want to hear those words from the Holy Spirit.”

Stan then added, “I am praying that the friend’s husband will be open to hearing what his wife has to say.”


Do not grieve the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 4:30.

Prayer:  Please forgive me for all of the times when I fail to seek your will as to what you have for me to be and to do.  You know and I know that it is all about my selfish desires to do only what I want to do, without seeking your will.  You know far better than I do about where you want me to go and what you have for me to do.  I give you all of my self-focus and ask you to open me to always seek you and your will.  Help me to hear and to obey your voice.  Thank you that I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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