I originally wrote this last year as I reflected on my first ever hearing test. I’m heading back there tomorrow, so thought it was a good time for a refresher about, um, listening. Maybe you need one too? XO
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27 (NIV)
You know how you know how you know…that it’s time?
A few years ago, I went for my very first hearing test.
I’d been having trouble deciphering some sounds, especially in noisy areas.
The moment of truth came at the grocery store.
The clerk asked me if I wanted paper or plastic and I replied with “Thanks, you too!”
It wasn’t until I got into the quiet of my car that I figured out what she really said…
Yep, it was time.
When I arrived for my appointment, the audiologist went over the procedure and then put me in a soundproof booth.
With headphones that were similar to the ones from my Pioneer stereo in the 70’s.
She instructed me to raise my hand at the first recognition of a sound.
I looked at her with a smug “no problem-o” grin.
As the sounds came, up went my hand.
Hand up, hand up, hand up up up!
Afterwards, we sat down to discuss the results.
Of course, I was confident that I had passed with flying colors.
Instead, she told me that I had “a bit of hearing loss equally in both ears”.
And, although I knew my hearing problems were the reason I was there, her words were hard to accept.
“But, I heard the sounds. I raised my hand!” I insisted.
She smiled and patiently replied, “Well actually, there were sounds the entire time. It just took you awhile to hear them.”
We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
We wait for God to answer our prayers.
We’re listening for Him.
Come on, Lord Jesus!
But, too many times, we forget that He is holding us,
In the silence and the entire time.
Way before we hear Him.
Yet, listening for His still small voice isn’t always easy, is it?
In fact, one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone asks me a question and just…as…I…begin…to…respond…
I observe them checking their phone or checking their teeth or simply checking out.
(And more truth: I’m guilty of doing the same thing!)
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)
What a comfort to know that our Heavenly Father is never distracted.
He loves the sound of every single voice.
He has “turned his ear” to us and knows our name.
He is always listening.
“He says, Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Man, I’m not good at the “be still” part.
Fist bump me, friend.
Yet, there is beauty in the stillness.
It’s in the stillness that we hear Him whisper
I am for you.
I will never leave you.
I forgive you.
I love you.
I love you.
I love you, my child.
Soon, I’ll be making my annual visit to the soundproof booth.
I will put on the funky headphones and listen in hopeful anticipation
For the Whisper that is yet to come.