A nature lover, walking with a friend along a busy city street, stopped suddenly and asked his friend, “Do you hear a cricket?”
“Of course not,” his friend said with a laugh. “You could never hear a cricket above the roar of all this traffic.”
“I’m sure I hear a cricket,” insisted the nature lover. Turning over a stone, he uncovered the insect.
“Did you actually hear that cricket chirping above this noise?” asked his friend in astonishment.
“Certainly,” said the nature lover. “I make it a habit to listen to nature, whether I am in a forest, a field, or in town. Everyone hears whatever he’s listening for.”
To illustrate his point, he took a coin from his pocket and he dropped it to the pavement. The two men watched as each passer-by put his hand in his pocket to see if he was the one who had dropped the coin.
What are you listening for? Gold or God? Your ears are tuned to listen for something, like a radio is tuned to receive the broadcast from a distant radio station. God’s ears are tuned to hear your prayers. Are yours tuned to hear what He has to say to you?