Have you ever wanted to be deaf? Allen Snare, a deaf evangelist with SWM, told the story of a time when he was sitting in the swing outside the SWM office. The sun was shining, birds were flying, and Allen was enjoying God’s peaceful afternoon.
Then someone (a hearing person) came outside and commented on all the noisy traffic that was driving past on the road several yards from Allen. He didn’t know; he couldn’t hear it! He was just enjoying the peace and quiet.
I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could be like that? Not physically perhaps, but spiritually. To turn a “deaf” ear to the noise and negativity of the world and even self, and instead to keep my mind and heart focused on the Son-shine and His desires.
Recently, I shared the following story with a group of teenage girls.
The Tale of Two Frogs
A group of frogs was traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.
The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed of what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He lay down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was almost deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time. (www.biblestory.com/resources/poems)
God tells us that “my sheep hear my voice, and I know them.” May our hearts become trained to hear only the Good Shepherd’s “voice”.