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The Lesson of the Cricket

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 this noise!"

 

"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 super-human 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 noise."

"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 to see where the money fell.

"See what I mean?" asked the Native American. "It all depends on what's important to you."

 

(Author unknown)

 

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.

 

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.

Matthew 13:1516  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should Heal them.  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

 

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