A lesson on listening
For a number of years my kids kept telling me that I needed hearing aids. I kept telling them that they were mumbling.
I could hear fine.
But after much grumbling from my family I finally made an appointment. The audiologist thought I could benefit from hearing aids but I needed to visit an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist — I’ll call my ENT.
My first visit to the ENT resulted in nothing.
Nothing wrong with my ears. (In hindsight I believe he was wrong.)
“Come back in two years”, he said and that was after he stuck a scope down my throat. I don’t have a clue why the doctor needed to do that to check my ears.
Another 2 years went by and I really started to hear more grumbling from the family and I began to realize I couldn’t hear in small groups. I began pulling away from occasions where I needed to listen.
So I decided to visit my audiologist again. He found the same hearing loss and now was concerned with the significant drop of hearing in my left ear.
And he wanted to rule out a tumour.
He also looked at my mother’s records and found my hearing profile matched hers. He believed it was hereditary but I still had to book an appointment with an ENT (law in Canada). This time I wanted a different ENT. I got one.
Another problem arose though. Now we were leaving to spend 6 months in the south for winter.
So I had to wait until I came back in the spring to have the appointment.
Then after the appointment I had to wait again until I could find the result.
Finally. Good news. There was nothing wrong with my ears. I just couldn’t hear.
Now I could finally get hearing aids.
And that has worked very well. Hearing aids were the answer I sought the whole time.
After a little bit of trouble at the beginning I am now used to wearing them. I can hear everything said in small groups. I watch movies again without saying, “What did he say?” I socialize.
This entire life lesson has taught me that we have to pay attention to our hearing.
Our hearing is very important and I urge you, if you think you may have a problem, get it checked.
But all this discussion on hearing made me aware of how much we must listen to God.
Most of us, me included, talk a long streak to God.
But how many of us really listen to Him. And how? Maybe I need hearing aids to listen to God.
How can we actually hear from Him?
Lately I have been trying a new strategy.
I write my prayers down. All that is on my mind and my thoughts from studying the Bible.
Then I STOP and I really listen to what God is telling. I ready my pen now because I know He will start talking to me and I will need to write down His Words.
It fascinates me with what He says when I read it over. It’s like taking dictation.
The Bible is full of Scriptures that tell us to listen to God.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17 ESV).”
I love Proverbs 2:1–5
“My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding —
indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.”
I find that now I am having wonderful conversations with God. Two-way conversations.
Now I can hear people around me and I can hear God. I find that wonderful.
Here is a poem I wrote when I first started to listen to God.
Listen based on Philippians 2: 1–2
In the quiet I listen
I hear a small voice
That seems to understand
My very being, my essence.
I try to understand God’s words.
The meaning becomes clearer.
New ideas flow through me.
God is here.
He stirs my heart, my soul.
He reminds me to listen not just to Him but to others.
By listening we show God’s love to others.
By listening we show how much we care.
God says, “Be still and listen, You are my ears.”
by Janis Cox
The other day I prayed again. I had read Psalm 113. I knew God was a God of action. I didn’t know what He wanted from me. I knew that He wanted to work in me. But I needed to do a few things first. Here is that answer.
May I pray for you and me?
Lord Jesus, it’s so wonderful that you have opened the door for us to have a conversation with You. We thank You for doing that for us. Help us to work at this communication. Help us to read the Bible, pray and listen. You have much to tell us. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.
Until next time, try writing your prayers, then try to listen to God talk to you.
CALL TO ACTION:
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