A little late for a drummer boy reference? Maybe….but, this one has caught my eyes and ears.
Ears that hear and eyes that see-the Lord has made them both.
This was not the verse I was looking for this morning. I did find the verse I was looking for, but for some reason this verse about eyes and ears resounded much louder to me. Why?
I took some time to meditate on those words. What are eyes for….to see God, seek God, see what he is doing all around me, see where I can serve, to see the needs of others, to see the miracles that are my children, to see dangers that must be avoided, to see the beauty of His creation…eyes see so much. Unfortunately, it’s a little too easy to get focused on the wrong things with those eyes; internet, tv, phone and all of the apps that come with it, books and magazines, the news, and even the actions of others can all distract my eyes without me hardly noticing.
Then, there are the ears…God gave me ears to hear. Hear what? The needs and requests of others, songs of joy from my kids, sermons on the radio and from the pulpit, birds, the pitter patter of rain, the ticking of the clock behind me as I read. The ears, too, can get distracted if they listen to the wrong things…music that doesn’t exalt the Lord, gossip, noise that rises from any city or town, the pesky notifications on my phone. Noises don’t have to be loud or even noticeable to distract me. Just turning off the radio for a minute can clear my mind enough to hear….to really hear. I can’t use my A.D.D as an excuse either. There are tools that I have developed over the years that help me to keep that in check…lists, time management and reminders help most of the time. It’s a delicate balance that fluctuates between flexibility and commitment. I must be receptive to hear and see the Lord and act as he directs anytime (not just in the time “allotted” in my day)….but also being disciplined to seek Him and listen for Him. At any given moment, I can either choose to hear and see or not; and THAT is something I have been more aware of than ever lately. But I still fall short. I also find it interesting that the mouth and tongue have been left out of this particular verse. He made those too, but there are several places in the Bible that remind us that the tongue can be a dangerous weapon if wielded in a haphazard manner. Yes, Lord, I will focus on the eyes and ears.
These thoughts prompted me to look in the Bible for references to seeing and hearing. WOW! There were so many- so I challenge you to do a study on your own. But the most commonly recalled is the parable of the Sower found in Matthew, Mark and Luke. In the parable of the Sower in Matthew there is a reference to Isaiah (Matt. 13:13-15) and this same reference is made in John 12:40. Both pointing back to Isaiah 6:9-10. Without eyes and ears we are blind and deaf; a spiritual condition I do not wish to ever find myself in again. Unfortunately, in this chaotic, fast, tech-driven, time-challenged, over scheduled information age- being distracted is something that can happen in the blink of an eye and a condition that could go on unnoticed if one is not vigilant. (Now there’s a good word….check out the synonyms!)
I can’t help but think that this all ties into the verse that God keeps placing in front of me….
Turn my eyes from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
This was a reminder to me to keep looking around for Him…listening for Him every day. A reminder to consciously minimize distractions and chatter and to just see and listen. This blog has been a great way to share the ways He shows himself to me daily. What have YOU seen and heard lately?