July 22 – Eyes and Ears

Proverbs 20: 12 (NLT)

“Ears to hear and eyes to see—
    both are gifts from the Lord.”

I suppose we could take these words literally. It is a blessing to be able to hear and see. I have a personal reason to be thankful that I can hear. About 3 years ago, I finally gave in and got hearing aids. I’d heard so many stories from people frustrated with their hearing aids, and I thought I managed fairly well in understanding what was going on around me – so why introduce more frustration? Not to mention my silly notion that only old people have hearing aids, and that was not me! (I know there are many people with hearing aids who have struggled with hearing loss all their lives.) Now that I can hear better, I could kick myself for postponing getting these amazing aids. My family is delighted and they love to tease me about how I’ve lost my spacey look when I really didn’t hear what was going on.

But something else comes to mind when I read those words, “Ears to hear and eyes to see”. Do I really see what is going on around me? Do I really hear what is happening? Or am I too busy with my own stuff to comprehend my world around me?

I was raised in a home where we were taught to be the best we could be, the individuals that God created us to be. There is nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, I would likely say there are benefits to being encouraged to do well. But in our crazy world, it’s so easy to get off the track and twist that message. For me, it became being the best wife, the best mom, the best employee, the best volunteer – all those things at once and done at top notch speed and efficiency. My home needed to be organized; my kids needed to be taken to all the best activities, my husband needed me to make his day as stress-free as possible, and on and on.

Did I have time to see and hear the world around me? Did I have time to hear and see God at work? Did I stop to see and listen to what God wanted me to be involved in? Nope! I was just too busy being ‘perfect’. Actually I was far from perfect, but I certainly was striving to be that.

I have a verse hanging on my bedroom wall. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) That verse became my life verse at a time when I was crashing as a young mom with anxiety and depression, and realized that I needed to slow down and stop trying to be perfect – something God had never asked me to be. I needed to slow down and really see my world and hear the people in it. That was such a gift – starting to really see and listen to the people around me, and hopefully give them encouragement, support and empathy.

So I encourage you today, if like me, you are running fast to be perfect. Slow down.

“Ears to hear and eyes to see—
    both are gifts from the Lord.”

Here is a song by Jeremy Camp that really catches the thoughts for today – Keep Me in the Moment.

5 Replies to “July 22 – Eyes and Ears”

  1. Thank you for this prospective, I’ve always looked at this verse differently, to me it means that the Lord gives us the gift to be able to see and hear in the spiritual and prophetic realms. To be able to hear from the Lord and He show me His plans and speak into my heart……to me this verse goes deeper but yes you need to be still and know that He is God to be able to hear from Him.

  2. Thank you Audrey for another insightful message. One blessing during this Covid is a chance for families to slow down and reconnect.

  3. I believe in this Covid time people are being forced to stop and are realizing how fast paced they were. I pray for families that they take this time to reassess their times spent and slow down and enjoy. It seems we only realize that once we get older then it’s too late.

  4. Thanks Audrey, Ps. 46:10 is my favorite verse in all the Bible. I have had hearing aids for over 8 years and could not due without them now. I enjoy all the music you also provide-it says some things better than just words.

  5. Thanks, Audrey. I have a love/hate relationship with Ps 46:10. Be still???? that’s not me!! I know it is true in my heart but head is slow to follow. My be still time is often in the garden where I see God’s miracles new every morning and in the moment. Great song!

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