And then there are times we just DO. NOT. WANT. TO. HEAR…
Last night I was sitting in my warm car, once again thanking God that my sweet husband picked a vehicle for me with heated seats, watching my youngest daughter’s soccer practice. It was the first practice of the season and all the kids were really excited. Unfortunately, March in North Carolina can be very tricky weather-wise. It had been beautiful and near eighty degrees over the weekend, but on Monday evening it was raining and about thirty-nine degrees.
I was secretly hoping that practice would be cancelled, but it wasn’t. About thirty minutes into practice though I thought I heard thunder. So I looked up at the field where about one hundred kids and adults were running around in the rain doing soccer drills, but no one else reacted to the sound.
I assumed I misheard since I have a history of not hearing things correctly (for a good laugh click here…apparently there is no such thing as Beached Whale Deficiency!). I waited a few minutes and it happened again, but still no response from the field. I started thinking about being a kid in the swimming pool during the summer and when we heard the first pop of thunder we all pretended NOT to hear so we wouldn’t have to get out of the pool. I think a lot of kids and adults were having fun and just didn’t want to come off the field.
Then it got a lot louder and I knew that unfortunately I was going to have to be THAT parent who went out on the field and insisted practice stop. The heated seats were really working against my desire to be a good parent. Apparently a warm behind slows down your brain function. Just as I was winning the battle over my warmth and had actually opened the car door, a tremendous flash of lightning lit up the sky like it was noon. It was followed by a roar of thunder that shook the ground. At that moment adults started yelling and kids started screaming and running towards the parking lot and I was saved from exiting my cocoon of warmth.
I was thinking about my post on mutilating an unripe avocado and how sometimes we just aren’t ready to hear the truth. But honestly, there are also times we don’t want to hear it so we choose to ignore it. That storm sent gentle rumblings warning those folks to get off the field, but there came a moment when it was not going to be ignored anymore and it announced itself loud and clear. To ignore it any further would have been very dangerous.
There are times when we may not be ripe to understand something God is trying to say, but we can always choose to listen when He is speaking. We can always ask Him for revelation. Unlike us, He doesn’t turn a deaf ear when we, His children, truly desire to talk to Him. He wants us to know Him, He wants a deeper level of communication and relationship with us based on our dependency on Him.
The longer we choose to ignore the voice of the Lord, the harder it becomes to hear it.
Father, I can’t make myself ripe to receive truth, only You can do that. But I humbly ask that You give me ears to hear You when You speak.