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May 17, 2014

Selective hearing has its drawbacks

Athens — Do we really listen?

My hearing is becoming more selective by the day. It is scary.

With a new baby at home, there are times my wife talks to me, I hear her voice but have no clue what she just said.

Take for example Thursday night.

Not long after I arrived home from covering a school board meeting my wife said something to me, next thing I know she was gone.

I had no clue where she went, or why she left.

About 30 minutes later she was home with a bag from Sonic.

Sure my mind was wrapped up with my beautiful baby girl, but how did I completely miss the fact she was going to Sonic?

Earlier Thursday I was praying on my drive to work asking God to speak to me and give me direction for my column this week.

Nothing.

I guess I was not listening very close.

He was speaking, it took awhile, but I finally heard it.

“Read my word.”

While I believe God speaks to us through a variety of ways, the most obvious is his written word.

If we are not reading it, but still asking for Him to speak to us, umm.... there is a problem.

The Bible is God's message to us. It is a living word that will speak to us in any and all of life's situations.

The key, we must be willing to make time to read.

Sure there are other ways God speaks, but we must not overlook the most obvious if we truly want to hear from Him.

One of the many ways I have heard from God over the years is through a very vivid dream.

During that dream, God took His word and lit up my mind light a light bulb.

In the dream I was riding a bike across country and rode through the middle of a church service in Alabama. I rode on the stage before the pastor turned to me, looked me dead in the eye and quoted a scripture from the book of James.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” James 4:8.

I remember waking up from the dream and remembering it detail by detail. That dream was more than seven years ago and that scripture is still one I keep going back to.

Like most dreams, it was a crazy one. But the scripture used was clear and to the point for my life.

If I want God to be near to me, if I want Him to guide my fingers when I type, then I must draw near to Him.

I have taken the steps to draw near, but not all of them.

When I do, I have no doubt He will speak. He has done it before.

It takes several components to hear from God and if a couple are missing the connection has a little static in the line.

For me, hearing from God requires prayer, reading of His word, church services and filling my mind with Christian music.

If just one of those areas are missing, it sends the others into overdrive to make sure I am listening correctly. Most of the time, if one of those components are missing, the rest suffer before it seems as if I can't hear at all.

The solution – time.

Like anything else, I have to make time for God. While there are areas that fit nicely into my schedule, some things I just forget about or don't take the time to do.

Daily I check my fantasy baseball team, but it is tougher to read the word.

Sure, I have read the Bible through a couple of times, but the scripture is new with each situation I face in life.

If I want to hear from God, the next step is his word.

There is a little static in my communication line, it is time for some repair.

Chad Wilson is the editor of the Athens Review. Reach him by email, editor@athensreview.ciom

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