Mark 4:9 Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Last weekend, my daughter gave a splendid performance in the musical, “Into the Woods”. As she was preparing to audition, she had trouble hitting some of the notes. I coached her, and tried to help her listen to the notes in her head before she actually sang them. In order to get her to really listen, I told her, “Listen with both ears.” This seemed to click with her, for after that, she heard the notes and sang them clearly.
A couple of weeks ago, I was at church. The service was about to begin, and I was rushing around, doing my preacher’s wife thing of trying to greet everyone – especially the new guests. I sing on the Praise Team, and it was time to high-tail it to the stage when I noticed a young man sitting all alone. A voice whispered in my head, “Go and speak to him.”
But I didn’t. People were waiting for me. Besides, this young man had been attending our church for a while. Surely someone else would greet him. I lost track of him in the hustle and bustle of the day. I hope someone reached out to him.
This past Sunday, Mark and I received the devastating news that this young man had died.
And I am so sad. So sad, for this young life that won’t have a chance to experience all that he should have experienced. So sad for all the might have beens. So sad for the person who will no longer be sitting in that seat during church.
I am very sad that I didn’t listen with both ears. Sometimes, the Holy Spirit speaks with a loud crash, and we can’t help but hear Him. Other times . . . perhaps more often, He speaks in a whisper. We must always be listening for His voice – listening with all of our strength, all of our attention. We must listen with both ears.
I hope that one day, I will learn to listen to Him with both ears, all the time. He is directing me in a grand musical, and the notes He has written for me are important ones . . . even if they are small ones. I don’t want to miss a single cue.
Dear Father, I’m sorry for missing my cue. Help me to listen better, next time.