Someone to Listen to Me

by on March 22, 2012
in Uncategorized

Do you ever feel like all you ever do is listen to other people’s problems, and that no one listens to you?
I have seen a genuine need for people to have someone to really listen to them.
You may have experienced a similar need.
Some of my students say people listen to something bad, juicy, or gossipy or “sometimes if someone really cares about you, they probably will listen. Most of the time it is maybe fifty percent of the time, or twenty five percent of the time, that people listen.”
You, like them, may not be able to find anyone to actually concentrate on what you are saying.
Your friends, or your listener, may only use the time you are speaking to think of what they want to say next.
You may find that, distracted by something else going on or another person, the listener’s eyes and attention wanders from you and your sharing your deepest feelings.
Can you remember how people used to sit around downtown, chat, and laugh and really talk face to face? I remember when old men in worn, clean overalls gathered around the pristine, white courthouse in my Southern home town to “chew the fat” as they said. They gathered, whittled, drank frosty, cold coca-colas, or spit juice from Red Man chewing tobacco, and talked, discussed, argued, and actively communicated.
Last weekend in New Orleans I saw two elderly gentlemen sitting side by side on a window casement, their white shirts crisply pressed, their old shiny suit pants clean, their black shoes brightly shined, and each one with his bristly grey head bowed—-over their individual cell phone!
It was as if each man was in a world all his own even though he was sitting close to another person on a busy sidewalk in a crowded city celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. Noisy, chattering people wearing bright green wigs, green shirts, green dresses, and long green knee socks patterned with white shamrocks made their way past the men .
They never even looked up, absorbed in their silent communication on their phones.
If you feel unnoticed, you are known by someone.
If you need someone to listen to you, don’t give up.
There is someone who knows you and will always listen to you. He will not put you off saying He is too busy. He will take you and your words seriously. Not only will He listen, He will respond.
You may get “no,” or “yes,” or “wait” for an answer to a request for help. You may be changed, or the situation changed, or the other people involved in the situation may be changed; but God will respond in His time.
The Bible tells us that God heard the cry of Ishmael when he and his mother, Hagar, were in a terrible situation. They had been sent away from Abraham and found themselves alone without provisions in the hot, harsh desert.
“God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.” Genesis 21:17.
Second Samuel 22 records the song of David during the time he was being pursued by jealous King Saul. The Lord had saved David from his enemies and Saul, then David sang: “In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. (II Samuel 22:7)
Again we read an assurance in Psalm 66:19: “but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.”
First John 5:14 continues, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
Isn’t that an amazing statement? How many people do you have confidence in? How many friends can you really count on to hear what lies in and under and around the words you use to try to express yourself?
When you need someone to talk to, try God.
When you need someone to listen to you, try God.
When you aren’t sure if He hears you, try reading His word in the Bible or ask a Christian to share how God has heard and responded to them.
And have confidence.

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