Two friends told me two stories about tea towels.
One told of how her mother tied a tea towel to the awning of a tent as a sign to her children playing on the shore that it was time to eat. The second friend said her mother hung the tea towel out the kitchen window to let her husband know dinner was ready.
A little brass bell was my mother’s choice to call in her tribe from playing out on the road when it was dinner time. My son was once delighted when he spotted a dinner gong while visiting an old residence. Walkie-talkies fascinated children in times past, but one had to stay in range to communicate.
At times, we might say or feel that we can’t hear God or that God is not speaking to us. To see the tea towels or hear the bell and gong required staying within earshot or view. A person had to watch and listen. If a brass band had played on our cul de sac at dinner time, we wouldn’t have heard the little brass bell above the noise.
Sometimes, it’s not that God isn’t speaking, but rather that the many other voices around us shout so loudly they drown out what He is saying.
Most parents at one time or another have heard their child say, “I didn’t hear you.” The parents’ response is usually, “That’s because you weren’t listening to me.”
God wants us to listen diligently to His voice. We must actively put ourselves in a position to hear from heaven. Doing so requires staying in range and tuning out some of the other voices.
What steps can you take to hear God’s voice better? Ask Him to help you stay within earshot and to tune out voices that try to drown out His voice.
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