“Ears to hear and eyes to see – both are gifts from the Lord.” (Proverbs 10:12 NLT)
Did you ever hear your mother say, “Look at me when I am talking to you?” Why is it that we focus in more when we both look and listen? So, which do you struggle with, looking or listening? If I am intently watching something, I may miss something someone says to me. If I am really paying attention and turn my eyes to you to really hear what you have to say, then I may miss what is happening somewhere else. Especially if you are talking to me during a football game. Why is it so hard to look and listen?
The wisdom in today’s verse is so practical, yet powerful. It is a gift of God to be able to both have ears that are hearing and eyes that are seeing. So many times we miss out on what God is doing because we are too busy looking around at all the things going on that we fail to hear the still small voice of God’s direction. Other times we try to focus in on listening to the voice of God but our eye are wandering.
Today, make it your goal to take a few moments to lock in on God with both your eyes and ears. Remove distractions and focus in. One of the ways that I do this is to kneel down in the floor and place my elbows on a chair and bury my face in my hands. I try to limit what I am seeing and hearing so that in that still moment I can actually have eyes that see and ears that hear. I want to drown out the noise of my phone, agenda, to-do list and whatever would be a distraction. I want to hear what God is saying. I want to see what God is doing. Make the effort today to focus in. Pray that you will have eyes and ears that are focused. Focused on the voice of our God. Focused on the actions of our God.