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Monday, December 27, 2010

Learning to Listen

I love the story about the cowboy who came upon an Indian who was lying on the ground with his ear pressed to the earth. The Indian motioned for the Cowboy and said, “Wagon. Two miles off. Drawn by two horses. One black. The other gray. Four people on board; man in a red flannel shirt, his wife, and two kids.” The cowboy was very impressed and told the Indian, “It’s amazing that you can know that just by listening to the earth.” The Indian said, “No. They ran over me thirty minutes ago. Go after them!”

You might be thinking, “What in the world does that have to do with anything?” Well, I haven’t seen any Indians recently lying on the ground listening for a nuance from Nature. Even if I had, I probably wouldn’t trust their testimony. But I do wonder how quick we are to listen to God! God has so much to tell us and there is so much that we must learn! Do you realize that if the apostles had not listened to Jesus, if Paul had not listened to God’s instructions on the road to Damascus, we wouldn’t fully understand Christian discipleship today? They listened, they told us what they heard, and now we reap the benefit of their undivided attention!

Learn to listen to God! You never know what He might tell you! And fortunately, we don’t have to put our ears to the earth to do. Just open His holy word!