Listening in order to hear ….

We do our best to listen …. but at times we do not really hear.  We do our best to explain ourselves — but at times the listener just does not seem to understand us.  Sometimes we have to listen to what is being said and to what has not been said.

And Jesus says, Whoever has ears ought to hear.”  We who have ears OUGHT to hear.   We ought to hear.  But, sometimes we don’t.  Why?  Too busy?  Too distracted?  Don’t care?  Got my own problems!  Too much blah, blah!

And, exactly what is it that Jesus wants to hear these days?

From the Scripture of the weekend — the parable of the weeds and the wheat.

1.  Seems to be a call to be patient — to be slow to judge.  For some of us, knowing a weed from a flower is not so easy to do.  And so, Jesus says — at times a quick reaction and response is required — but, in other circumstances, be careful.  A lost cause — might not be so lost after all.  What seems to be a hopeless case, might not be so hopeless after all.  The person who is singing our praises, might not be really be on our side.  The “can’t miss” investment, might not be so golden.  BUT, IN TIME, it is clear — the weed and wheat are distinct.  The real friend stands up and out.  The wise course of action is more apparent than ever.  Do we hear?

2.  An enemy has done this –  we can’t live looking for the devil behind every tree.  We can’t live believing there are people out there to ‘get us.’  But, let’s not be naïve either.  There will at times be obstacles in our way.  People will have opinions different from our way of thinking.  Some victories will require blood, sweat, and tears.  Some causes will require a fight.  The faint of heart will never taste true victory — or a great harvest.  Do we hear?

3.  There is a day of reckoning —at the end of the year, there is a report card.  At the end of the day, our accomplishments — or lack thereof — are obvious.  Bills do come due, and the debt has to be paid.  We will reap what we have sown.  Do we hear?

4.  There really is no one, right way to pray —[Romans 8:26-27] the Spirit of God knows what is in our heart — if we are still, quiet, and open — the “words” will flow — and God — will — and does intercede on our behalf.  Do we hear?

Maybe there was a message in the news recently — maybe something happened around us — were we listening — did we hear?

A 62-year-old gentle-man from our community did not realize he was sick — he had some pain and went to the hospital — and three weeks later he died.

At the end of a good week of vacation — driving home on a four-lane stretch of an interstate highway at 65 mph— a car cuts in front of an 18 wheeler — and all of a sudden, the 18 wheeler is in my lane —– and the cab of the 18 wheeler is hitting my car and then the wheels of the 18 wheeler are bashing my car from front to back —-

Oh how quickly life can change.  How precious a gift we share.

Let us listen to one another –as we want to be heard.  Let us listen to life as well as we do to music, a favorite television show — or a tight football game.  Listen to life …. listen to hear.

hjm

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