But the challenge that I am facing these days is recovering a skill that was once easily accomplished for me. Back in an earlier time, before technology was instantly accessible from almost any home, intersection, mountaintop or public bathroom, listening was something I could do without having to repeat the mantra, “Remember to listen, remember to listen.” (Of course, even that increases the traffic between the ears!)
I don’t really blame my cell phone, or computer, or my ipod, or TV, or instant wikipedia, or even the radio. These things do help me to perfect “short attention spans,” but they are not at fault.
Really, I have no one to blame except the fertilizers and pesticides in our foods. Just kidding. I know it isn’t the food’s fault.
It is the result of what I have been practicing. The problem is that it seems to take more and more attention to think about the things that I am actually SUPPOSED to think about, and that thinking crowds out my listening skills. Then, since I become un-used to listening, it seems awkward, therefore easily avoided.
Alcoholics Anonymous says the first obstacle to overcoming a problem is to face the reality of the situation – admit you have a problem. So here I am admitting the problem. I want to listen better. I want to listen to loved ones better. And I mostly want to listen to the Lord better. I do believe that the Holy Spirit is always leading, always speaking. And I do believe that abiding in Him (John 15) is ‘living and moving and having our being in Him,’ (Acts 17:28). So combining being who we are and who He made us with the fact that He delights to reveal Himself to us and has given the Holy Spirit to do just that, He is always leading, always speaking. But I also hunger to hear - His words are life, His voice is life.
My hearing has become dulled by the noise pollution between my ears. And since I know that I can do nothing by my own power, (no matter how much I want to ‘resolve’ to listen better!) I fall on the constant mercy and kindness of my Heavenly Father.
And I know He hears me! Praise You LORD!
What is the last thing you heard from the Lord?