Wait, what is a 2x4 girl you ask? I affectionately call myself this because it seems that while Jesus prefers to whisper to me in His daily guidance through my life, there are more times than I care for when a 2x4 accross my head is required to get my attention and effect change. I'm grateful for these because ultimately, I want to be on God's path, not my own. At least most of the time I want that. I admit, there are times I want to be on my own path and I pretend I can't hear or push God away in order to allow myself such luxuries as selfishness, selfcenteredness, pride... well, I could go on, but you get the picture.
What is different about God's 2x4 vs. one from the world is that when God takes me out to the shed for a "talk" it's done with such loving care that I can hardly be angry. Most of the anger is directed at myself though because I realize, with perfect hindsight, I've done it again. Jesus is there to pick me up and put me right and we keep moving forward on this journey.