Shhhhhh! Can You Hear It?
A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking
near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the
streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs
were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the
city were almost deafening.
Suddenly, the Native American said, “I hear a cricket.” His friend said,
“What? You must be crazy. You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all of
“No, I’m sure of it,” the Native American said, “I heard a cricket.”
“That’s crazy,” said the friend.
The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across
the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked
into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small
cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.
“That’s incredible,” said his friend. “You must have superhuman ears!”
“No,” said the Native American. “My ears are no different from yours. It all
depends on what you’re listening for.”
“But that can’t be!” said the friend. “I could never hear a cricket in this
“Yes, it’s true,” came the reply. “It depends on what is really important to
you. Here, let me show you.” He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few
coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise
of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head
within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the
pavement was theirs.
“See what I mean?” asked the Native American. “It all depends on what’s
important to you.”
What’s important to you? What do you listen for? Some people say that there
is no God, and that He never speaks to us anymore. But perhaps they can’t
see or hear Him because they aren’t listening for Him. They are living for
themselves, not for God. If you are in tune with God, you will be able to
notice Him at work in your life and in the world. And you’ll be able to hear
Him when He speaks.
What do you listen for?