I had a conversation with a dear friend recently, and came away feeling that she truly heard me. She listened, she didn’t judge my thoughts or feelings. She validated my thoughts and asked pertinent questions to help me think through some things I was considering. I was so thankful for the time she took, and the way she encouraged my spirit in the Lord. That evening, as I took time to be in the Word, I read about the disciples turning the children away. Jesus welcomed them, though, and wanted to hear what they had to say.
Can you imagine Jesus wanting to hear from you so much that He would go against the norms of the day to welcome you? I wonder how those children must have felt after talking with Jesus. What must it have been like to be able to talk with Jesus, and have Him listen?
Immediately, my mind went back to the conversation I had with my friend earlier in the day. Peace. I experienced overwhelming peace from being in her presence, from talking to her and having her listen to me. Though I can’t speak to Jesus face to face, I often have the same peace when talking to Him, knowing that He listens and hears me even better than my friend could. He has the advantage of being my Creator – of knitting together every part of me and knowing me better than anyone else!
This week, Carlie shared a post where she considered how God listens to us. I appreciated this post so much, in light of my conversation with my friend. However, I also realized my own need to change how I listen to others. So often, as parents, we have our schedule and routine in mind, but our children can bump up against those so quickly. Or maybe we struggle to listen to the person in our Bible study who is living by different choices than we would make, and struggling with the consequences of those choices.
Carlie’s question, “What if God listens the way I do?” keeps echoing in my mind. It challenges me to focus on the moment, on another person who may need encouragement or support that I can provide. I’d encourage you to stop over and read her post, to be both encouraged and invited to consider her question!
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