What Did You Say?

Is God having trouble getting you to listen?

by Lura Langenback

© November 14, 2002

The other day, I told one of the girls to put her socks where they belong. She looked at me like I had two heads. I mentioned it again. She put them on a desk she has in her room.

"We don't usually keep socks on a desk, do we?" I asked.
"No" she replied. So she picked them up and put them on the dresser.
"Do we keep socks on a dresser?"
Again the reply was "No." I was getting a tad exasperated.

With a more stern voice and a good deal more emphasis, I suggested that she should put them where they belong, quickly. Finally, the light seemed to dawn and the socks were placed in the drawer where the young lady knew they belonged in the first place. By the way, the child is 9 and an "A" student.

This is a prime example of the child not really listening to what I was actually saying. Both of our children do this. It seems to almost be a disease of the ears yet they can actually repeat back everything you tell them to do. It is just that the translation from ear to brain seems to be lacking in some way. The incredible part is that they do not appear to have this disease at school.

For those who have children, don't you just hate it when the kids do not do what they are told? Maybe they do things they have been repeatedly told not to do. If you do not have children, perhaps you know of some child or adult who has acted like that. And, of course, they do not choose to listen to a thing you say. Sure is frustrating.

While I was thinking about this very thing, God nudged me to listen. I was particularly busy trying to figure out what I was going to do next. He said to me "You appear to have the same ear disease that the kids have when I talk." Okay, that one hurt. Then this scripture came to mind.

Psalms 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."

If we don't take the time to actually stop and listen to the Lord, we will miss so much. Just like the children who did not hear all of what they were told, our spiritual ears are not as sensitive to the Lord's voice. I urge you to find the time to get close to the Father. Be still. God wants to talk to you. If you do, you won't be the one saying "What did you say?"