Archive for September, 2013

Sit and Listen

      Just sit and listen, it really isn’t that hard, but few take the time to do it.  Why?  Because we believe we have to open our mouths and spew something out of it to “sound” intelligent and to think we are the “smartest” person in the room.  Sometimes I think we forget that God gave us two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we talk.  If no one has ever told you that, now it has been told to you.

     I have learned over the past 10 years of pasturing the church I am at, that listening is one of the greatest attributes to have.  I learned “listening skills” will in the Navy, because as you get promoted, you go to many leadership classes and they teach you all sorts of leadership skills.  Looking back, they never really taught us “talking just to talk” skills.  Many times it was listening skills that were taught.  I am not talking about just passively listening (which really means ignoring, and yes I still am guilty of this sometimes), but actively listening so that you can respond at the appropriate time and be engaged in the conversation.  My comments here really have little to do with engaged conversations, instead I want to ask you a simple question.

When was the last time you sat still and knew that God was God?

     Now think about that for a moment, let it sink in.  When was the last time you sat still and knew that God was God?  I am sitting still right now and writing this and the sounds I hear are birds singing, the wind rustling through trees and in the distance and a lawnmower is being used to cut some grass.  If I am not careful, I would not hear those things by allowing the “busyness” of others things to have my moving about and missing God in all of this.  God tells us many times in His Word to be still, to wait, to watch, to pray (and praying is not only just talking to God, it is listening to hear from God).  Jesus would watch and listen to the things going on Him and as He did, He would be able to give us a life lesson from it.  Look at the lesson in the widow’s mite in Mark 12:41-42 “And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing

      Don’t miss that, He watched and listened as many came in cast their riches into the pots which made lots of noise.  But the “noise” that caught the attention of the man that owns the cattle on a thousand hills was the “quietness” of the widow that out of her heart gave as God had bless her.  She didn’t make a scene, she didn’t tell anyone that this was all she had, and she was most likely ignored in this whole process by “the rich folk” in there.  But Jesus sat to the side and watched and listened.  Then He brought His disciples alongside Him and spoke to them a lesson.  They saw what Jesus saw that day, but they saw with eyes and heard with ears of the world (the noise of the coins falling into the pots).  But Jesus saw with eyes and ears of the heart.  He listened and was able to help others learn.

      So today, take some time and go somewhere and watch and listen.  You will be amazed at what you will hear and learn and thus be able to apply it to your life to help others.  Maybe you can go and listen to a senior adult and find out how they made through life that included for many of them a depression and 2 World Wars.  Maybe you need to go and listen to a teenager struggling to fit in or lost in a world of loneliness.  Maybe you need to go listen to your neighbor or co-worker that seems stressed out lately.  Maybe you just need to go somewhere and sit and listen to God.  But when you go, remember to go and listen.  God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason.

    If you are wondering how I heard and saw God this morning by hearing the birds, the wind and the lawnmower.  Simple, the breeze kept the person cool while mowing the lawn and the birds were singing a song to celebrate the feast of the insects the lawnmower was bringing out for their morning meal.  Be Still and Know That He Is God! (Psalm 46:10)