Then he said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord as not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
– 1 Kings 19:11-12
An Indian was walking in downtown New York City alongside a resident friend. As they approached a busy street corner in the center of Manhattan, the Indian seized his friend’s arm and whispered, “Wait, I hear a cricket.” “Come on!”, the city boy sneered, “This is downtown New York – how could you possibly hear a cricket?” However, his friend persisted, “No, seriously, I do!”
As cars were roaring, horns honking, people shouting, brakes screeching, cash registers clanging, subway clamoring and people bustling about, the Indian began leading his friend along slowly, every now and again stopping and turning his ear toward the seemingly noiseless sound. At last, the Indian insisted they were near and proceeded to follow the sound across the street and toward a small dark corner next to a graffiti covered wall. There, he bent down to a minuscule tuft of grass and pulled out the cricket. “I told you,” he said, “I heard a cricket.”
Astounded, the New Yorker marveled, “How could you have heard that cricket in the middle of all this noise?” “Well,” said his foreign friend, “My ears are different from yours. It simply depends on what you’re listening to. Here, let me show you what I mean.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a handful of change, a couple of quarters, three or four nickels, and a dime and a few pennies. “Now,” he said, “Watch this.” He held the coins waist high and dropped them to the sidewalk. At once, every head within nearly a block turned around and looked in the direction of the Indian. “You see, it all depends on what you are listening to.”
To what sounds are our ears trained to listen? Are our ears trained to hear the sound of money, of gossip, of complaining, of worldly things or are they trained to hear the still small voice of Our Lord, directing and advising us in the way we should go?
I have used this as a devotional in the past but it has been in the forefront of my mind with Pastor’s message series, so let’s ask the Lord to train our ears to hear the things of God today. I know I need to be listening for His direction in this noisy, chaotic world we live in, how about you?