I often try to recall something the Spirit of God has shown me, yet the full recall is dulled. I tried to unlock the mental file of something He told me just a few weeks ago, yet it was gone. After checking my journal, I found where I’d written a few notes. Oh, how dull can my ‘hearing ears’ be and how easily can I neglect something my Lord has said ~ maybe not with intentional resistance, but crowded out by the busyness of life.
Jesus taught in parables for the purpose of insight. The disciples had difficulty seeing and hearing His teachings, but parables opened their reception.
He spoke of those Isaiah had prophesied about, whose ears were open but could not hear a thing. He said their eyes were awake but did not see a thing. He went on to say: “They stick their fingers in their ears so they won’t have to listen; they screw their eyes shut so they won’t have to look, so they won’t have to deal with Me face-to-face and let Me heal them.” [Matthew 13:14-15 Message]
On the other hand, Jesus said to His disciples: “But you have God-blessed eyes–eyes that see! And God-blessed ears–ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance.” [13:16-17]
Meditating on His words to me ~ chewing them, recalling them, chewing on them again ~ then heeding what He says to me will happen when my G0d-blessed eyes and ears are open.
I want to see. I want to hear. Speak, Lord, in parables … or in whatever way it takes to get through to me!