American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times
Square in Manhattan.
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.
the Native American said,
said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket
in all of this noise!"
sure of it," the Native American said, "I heard a cricket."
crazy," said the friend.
American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across
to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into
the bushes, beneath the branches,
enough, he located a small cricket.
was utterly amazed.
incredible," said his friend
have superhuman ears!"
said the Native American.
are no different from yours.
depends on what you're listening for."
can't be!" said the friend.
never hear a cricket in this noise."
it is, it depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show
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 and look
to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.
what I mean?" asked the Native American. "It all depends on what's important
important to you?
you listen for?
say that there is no God,
He never speaks to us anymore.
they can't see or hear Him because they aren't listening for Him.
are living for themselves, not for God.
are in tune with God, you will be able to notice Him at work in your life
and in the world.
be able to hear Him when He speaks.
~ author unknown ~