Are You Listening to Me?

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“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”
G.K. Chesterton
A few years ago I got a referral to a hair salon and got lucky with a stylist who dumbs it all down for me. She also gets my irrational fear of getting a haircut that will make me look like a 14-year old boy. I’ve told her about my nightmares that getting bangs cut. Maybe I’m a little obsessed with my hair?
Within a few days after each salon visit, I get an email asking me to rate the salon. I like speaking up when things are good so I’ve given several 5-star reviews. But, a few months ago I’d had to wait an extended period for my confirmed appointment. This is highly unusual for this salon that follows a structured schedule. It also came on a day I had another appointment making me feel anxious about feeling rushed.
When the review request came I was honest. I raved about the stylist abilities but expressed dissatisfaction with having to wait so long for my scheduled appointment.
The following week, I received a call from the manager at the salon. She was clearly apologetic and explained the predicament my stylist was in from the new client she had in her chair that day. The manager didn’t offer me a discount or free products but she listened. I felt like I was heard.
Being heard is often all we want.
We especially want to be heard by God. When we pray we want to know He hears.
There are times, however, when it feels like God doesn’t hear us. There are prayers that seem to go unanswered. Some we’ve prayed for years. I may have even silently screamed “Listen to me!” to God a few hundred times.
The Psalmist words in Psalm 94 give me a strange comfort as he pleas for God to hear him. Four times he asks “how long, O Lord?” (Psalm 94) Even the writer of scripture felt God wasn’t listening.
When we’re heard we sense our words, thoughts, and opinions are valued. When it feels like no one is listening we feel insignificant. When we feel valued we feel like we are cared for. We feel like we matter.
We do matter to God. Yet, there are times he makes us wait. He doesn’t give in to our fussy crying like we might give in to a toddler throwing a tantrum.
It’s times like this when the only comfort I can find is that God is with me.
Like the manager of the salon, God isn’t offering me free products or a discount. He’s telling me what I want most, that he cares.
He hears me. He values me. I am loved.
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 NLT

10 Comments

  1. jammieblack said:

    Wow. This post has really got me thinking….
    I am so thankful God listens to us. We can come to him with irrational request, limited understanding, and raw emotions. And He listens to us. He is not overwhelmed or scared of our feelings. He’s not too busy to care about our seemingly insignificant needs. He listens. Now He may not always agree with us, but He is always willing to hear our side. I wonder if sometimes He doesn’t seem to speak right-away because He doesn’t want to interrupt. Maybe He just wants to listen.

    April 18, 2018
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    • Debby Hudson said:

      Yes, Jammie. Yes, yes. He is always willing to hear us no matter how irrational we sound 😉

      April 18, 2018
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  2. Hopeful50 said:

    Isn’t it the truth? Just knowing He hears or listens. Sometimes it would be nice if He sent a postcard! xo

    April 18, 2018
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    • Debby Hudson said:

      I’d just fall out if I got a postcard from God but it would be cool, Susan. I do like how your mind works!

      April 18, 2018
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  3. sarahgirl3 said:

    Being heard often is enough to make us feel better. I don’t think I had thought about that in regard to feeling heard by God. Interesting!

    April 18, 2018
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    • Debby Hudson said:

      Just goes to prove what level of over-thinking I’ve mastered, Sarah 😉

      April 18, 2018
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  4. Lesley said:

    It’s so true that even when nothing changes about the situation just knowing we have been heard can make a big difference, and I love that God is always ready to listen!

    April 18, 2018
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    • Debby Hudson said:

      Knowing I’ve been heard does wonders to settle my anxious mind, Lesley.

      April 18, 2018
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  5. Lois Flowers said:

    I love this, Debby: “Like the manager of the salon, God isn’t offering me free products or a discount. He’s telling me what I want most, that he cares.” There’s such comfort in that. (I’m also glad you have a hair stylist who listens and consistently cuts your hair well. I’m on a lifelong quest to find someone like that myself!) 🙂

    April 20, 2018
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    • Debby Hudson said:

      I got lucky with this one, Lois. I’d rather look for a new Dr. than hair stylists!

      April 21, 2018
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