Learning to listen

ATD 140The Word

“Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.” Mark 4:24

Thought

Not far away from our home within a wooded hillside lies an old stock pond constructed in the 1940’s. The decades of tree growth now conceal its presence from plain view. The pond was a favorite stop whenever my sons were younger when I would take them on short adventures into the woods. You wouldn’t know the pond is there except in early spring. Its position is then disclosed by the voice of dozens and dozens of Chorus Frogs (or “Spring Peepers” as we refer to them in Arkansas).

Initially only a few are faintly heard, but when I hear them I know soon the evening atmosphere will be filled with the sound of their croaking. Their voices are distinguishable and, for me, a pleasant and restful sound. More importantly, though, the presence of the Spring Peepers is an early signal of winter’s end.

When we still ourselves, poised for spiritual listening, we will recognize the distinguishable voice of our Great Shepherd and the detail so characteristic of the way He leads us through life. The Bible tells us God does not show favoritism. He desires to speak to any and all willing to still themselves to hear and learn the holy and distinguishing tones and inflections of His voice.

Some say God doesn’t speak. Perhaps it’s because they haven’t desired to hear Him enough to stop and listen. Oh, of course He can speak loudly and often has in Scripture, but He enjoys the quiet.

Prayer

Teach me to listen, understand, and follow. Amen.