Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That’s the problem. – Benjamin Hoff –
Okay, this quote has me singing about “talk to the animals” and perhaps you are doing so as well?
If so, I hope it brings a smile to your face . . . oh, and that those nearby hear you and join in! This has me thinking about the concept of listening and hearing . . .
Funny thing about talking, listening, and hearing though. My experience has made it clear that most of us talk, some of us listen, but few of us hear. Then, having not been heard, or assuming we have not because our words haven’t brought us the response we desire, we speak longer and louder . . . often still feeling nobody’s responding and thus not listening.
Seems to me we often listen and yet do not hear. Example, Mom tends to repeat herself. She also accuses me of saying things I never said. I admit, when she gets “that way” I nod without really paying attention. Seems better that way since her negative attitude can be contagious. If she says “are you listening” I say “yeah I heard” but did I really listen and take it all in? Not really.
So, since I’m assuming disgruntled coworkers, tired and grumpy kids, etc., can sometimes be “heard” but not really listened to . . . do we assume God doesn’t really listen? Do we get caught up in our “but, I need . . . ” and “please show me” and wonder why He isn’t responding? Can’t speak for y’all, but as for me, when I finally get tired of asking and grow silent, I hear Him so clearly and quickly. Seems to me Hoff was onto something . . . about a lot more than simply talking to the animals. Kinda makes me wonder what I’ve missed?