I could hear my husbands voice, but I couldn’t make out what he was saying. I was in the laundry room with the washer filling and the dryer running. ‘If you are talking to me, I can’t hear you, I’m in the laundry room’, was my reply to his voice. Next thing I know he is standing in the doorway repeating himself. I replied something to the effect of, I can’t hear you with all this noise in here.(there
might have been probably was, a bit of sarcasm in my tone)
The other day while standing in the kitchen I called out to my husband and his reply was “If you are talking to me, I can’t hear you, I’m in the laundry room’. Okay, let’s stop here and note that he was doing laundry……a big shout out to my guy for throwing in a load of clothes. Okay now back to the story……to understand our inability to hear when our washer is filling, you need to know it is not your normal washer noise…our water makes a high pitched whistling sound while the washer is filling. It’s loud and obnoxious!
When I look back on both of those situations, we both could have turned the washer off and asked the other to repeat themselves. But, it was easier to say, ‘I can’t hear you!’
How many times have I tuned God out because of ‘noises’ that I wouldn’t turn off? How many times have I missed blessing someone because of distractions around me? I know for certain there have been missed opportunities to be used by God because I tuned Him out. I have felt the tugging, the pull of God and didn’t yield to it. Later there is usually regret at the missed opportunity, but thankfully He is a forgiving God and always willing to give second chances.
I desire a relationship with Him that keeps my heart always open to hear His voice.
I want my Yeses to outnumber my Noes.
Let me encourage you to not live in regret. We can’t allow the lost opportunities to keep us in a place of disappointed or discouragement. God is bigger than any lost opportunity.
……. forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b, 14
Next time we hear, but don’t understand, let’s turn off the noises around us, shut out the distractions and say, ‘Here I am, Lord, send me’. (Isaiah 6:8)
Make time for the quiet moments, as God whispers and the world is loud.