Sometimes things are just misunderstood.
Sometimes things get a little mixed up between the *telling* and the *hearing.*
I have a cute story.
Many years ago when my youngest was in 1st grade, he and I were walking home one day after school. I was asking him about his day, when all of a sudden he said:
"Oh yeah. Susie was back in school today. She was *on the women* for five days!"
(Note: I changed the name, just in case…)
Thinking I must have heard him wrong, I asked:
"What was wrong with her, honey?"
"She was *on the women.* For like 5 whole days."
I was instantly puzzled. Now I'd done some reading, and had heard that the onset of puberty was getting earlier and earlier because of the hormones in our food. Girls were…ahem…"becoming women" as early as 9 or 10 years old.
But, first grade?? Six??
I immediately flashed on a picture of this poor, dear little girl – all bundled up in bed with a heating pad (and other paraphernalia) – while her poor mother tried to explain the facts of life.
I remember how traumatized I was at the age of 13!
I had to get more information from my son to sort this all out.
"Sweetie, did Susie say she was *on the women*?"
"So why did you think she was *on the women*?"
"Because when you're getting better, they say you’re *on the men.* So I figured that when she was sick, she was *on the women.*"
Oh, how I chuckled. I had to keep it inside because I didn't want my son to think that I was laughing at him. But it was just so cute.
Six year old boy's logical math:
Getting well = *on the men*
Therefore: Being sick = *on the women*
I didn't have the heart to correct him. Frankly, at least in part because I thought he was a "tad" too young for all the details. Years later, when I re-told him this story, we both had a good chuckle. ("Ohhh...on the mend...")
But this story has a good lesson.
I think about my relationship with the Lord.
How often do I just misunderstand something?
How often is something lost in between the *telling* and the *hearing*?
Quite frankly, I often misunderstand what God is saying because I'm not really listening. Sometimes I just want to hear Him confirm my own thinking, or my own plans. Sometimes I interpret His words to "fit" into what I want them to say.
Sometimes it isn't even a case of misunderstanding.
Sometimes I just plain don't want to hear what He wants to say.
Selective spiritual deafness.
Why am I like this?
Because much of what the Lord has to say is tough. It's gnarly and convoluted. I have to wrestle with it.
Yup, I've had many a *Jacob* moment with God.
Because God's words often rub up against my life – they rub ME the uncomfortable way.
God is a shaper, a molder, a potter.
And quite often, this old clay is a stubborn lump.
I don't want to hear.
Because the hearing of God's words – real, listening hearing – well, that requires action.
Trust and obedience type action.
The tough stuff of faith.
But, frankly, I'm tired of being my old "sick" sinful self. I want to be more and more conformed to Christ. I need the Lord's words, and I need to hear them – more than I want them to make me comfortable.
I want Him – and that means I have to listen. Listen to what He's REALLY saying.
Even when it's tough love.
Yup, I think I'm finally *on the men*!
Is it hard for you to truly listen to God's words? Why?
"My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them...seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2:1-5)
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