In the morning the house can be very quiet: no TV, no music, the windows shut…silence…well silence except for the loud crackling noise in my left ear. It’s a new development due to allergies. It starts out as a little crackle that soon becomes like a large marching band; it can be very annoying…when it is quiet. Thankfully that is not very often…or is that such a good thing? Is it good that all that noise surrounds me daily?
You see I can actually go days without noticing the crackling. Why? I always have something going…TV, music, phone, my mouth!!
When do I actually quietly sit? Even when in prayer I am not quiet…most of the time I am running on and on with my on-going commentary, list of requests, praises and thanksgiving for His mercies and grace, but when do I sit quietly and intentionally listen to God? Truthfully not often enough. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I spend time talking to God, I just don’t spend enough time allowing Him to talk to me. Or better said, with God.
When was the last time I talked with Him?
Suddenly I am thankful for this noise. It is a reminder that I need to be more acutely aware of the two-way conversation God wants to have with me.
Are you listening? What are you hearing?
Scripture: And he said, “Pay attention to what you hear…” Mark 4:24a