Putting on Our “Listening Ears”

Little Man is very focused on almost everything he does. He’s so focused that it can be difficult to get his attention. I find myself resorting to my little-sister tactics of repetition, “put your shoes on, please….. put your shoes on…. shoes… shoes… shoes… hey… put your shoes on…” and my husband begins to wonder who the child is… but the boy is still barefoot and my patience is waning… and there’s never much there to start with these days. Life is too much of a circus act lately for putting on shoes to take twenty minutes out of my morning.


He hears me. He always hears me. Somewhere in the back of Little Man’s mind he’s registered every word that I’ve ever said to him… it just takes some time for him to notice. And he’s a good kid… he wants to help, wants to listen…. “wanna be a big boy!” he cries if it’s ever implied that he’s not getting the job done.


He’s just too busy for my message to get through sometimes. Sound familiar?


I do the same thing… and I’m certain that the things that I’m focused on are GOOD things… taking care of the kids… being a good steward of the time and possessions that God has given us…. fulfilling obligations… working. But my life is sooooo busy.


Psalm 46:10 – 11 reads:

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. [Psalm 46:10-11, NRSV]


It’s so hard to find enough time to sit still in a way that I’m am listening instantly and intently to God’s words… to put on my “listening ears” and pay attention to what he wants of me, instead of just waiting for my attention to wander from what I’m doing long enough to notice that He’s been constantly, repeatedly… gently, patiently… speaking.


But He reminds me that He is my fortress… a place of rest… if only I would go there… be there with Him. So, that’s something to be working on, I guess… if I could only find the time. *sigh*.

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