161. Talking to a Rock

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“The other day,” Stan began, “my neighbor came over and told me something that happened between him and his wife.”

“What was that?” I asked.

“It seems,” Stan replied, “that they have been thinking about taking a trip next summer.  His wife was talking to him about some ideas she had for the trip.”

Continuing, Stan said, “But it seems my neighbor was distracted by something that wasn’t that important and he wasn’t really listening to her.”

“Sounds like trouble brewing,” I said with a smile.

“Just to test where the fellow was on the listening scale, his wife said something like they could take the train to Honolulu from Los Angeles.”

“When he nodded to her in agreement with that,” Stan continued, “his wife got his attention.  He didn’t say exactly how, but she did, and then she said that talking with him was like talking to a rock.”

Continuing, Stan said, “My neighbor’s wife then really got his attention by saying something like maybe taking a rock with her on the trip would be more enjoyable than going with him!”

“I bet that did it,” I responded.

“The neighbor said it did.  He apologized for not listening and they were able to get some of the planning done.”

“Later on,” Stan continued, “I was thinking about what my neighbor had told me, and the Holy Spirit spoke up and said the same thing to me.”

“What same thing?” I asked.

“He said that too often talking with me is just like talking to a rock.  I don’t listen because I am too busy being distracted by what I want to focus on.  And what I want to focus on is always a whole lot less important than what the Holy Spirit has for me.”

Continuing, Stan said, “The Holy Spirit doesn’t like being ignored any more than anyone does.”

“And the consequences can be the same.  If I refuse to listen, pretty soon the Holy Spirit or the other person will quit trying to talk with me.”

“And,” Stan concluded, “that is not a good thing!”


And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him.”  Luke 9:35.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how often I fail to listen to you.  Please forgive me for all of my attention on things other than you.  Please open me to want to hear and to listen to everything you have for me.  Help me to make you the priority in my life that you want.  And, Lord, please help me to listen to others in exact accord with your will.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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