Years ago I was catching a ride with my friend Craig who had a C.B. radio in his old Ford truck (he has one in his newer replacement too … still a Ford!). He’d listen in to safely navigate the logging roads criss-crossing the mountains and valleys surrounding my hometown when going hunting, fishing, or hiking. And he’d keep it on in town to stay in contact with friends. Craig was the first one I’d ever heard use the phrase “Got your ears on?” to see if one of his buddies was listening in on his radio … it’s a phrase that Jesus used quite regularly (admittedly in a slightly different form) to encourage people to listen – thoughtfully, discerningly, for the heart – not just to hear the words. “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear…”
I read this this morning from the online A.A. Daily Reflection:
“Who am I to judge anyone? When I first entered the Fellowship I found that I liked everyone. After all, A.A. was going to help me to a better way of life without alcohol. The reality was that I couldn’t possibly like everyone, nor they me. As I’ve grown in the Fellowship, I’ve learned to love everyone just from listening to what they had to say. That person over there, or the one right here, may be the one God has chosen to give me the message I need for today. I must always remember to place principles above personalities.”
From the book Daily Reflections (accessed December 22, 2016)
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
On Sunday we were reflecting on how God uses different people to speak to or lead us … people whom we may not like, or who have power over us, or who are weak and vulnerable.
In the first few verses of Luke 2 Caesar decrees a less-than-convenient census that leads Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, thus fulfilling centuries old prophecies of where the Messiah would be born … the angels declare Christ’s birth to some sketchy characters on the outside of town and they become the first evangelists announcing Christ’s coming … a baby is born and is declared our Savior and our Lord / boss.
Todays A.A. reflection reminded me of this truth of the Christmas story – that God can and often does choose the outsiders, the ungodly, the weak, the vulnerable and needy – to reveal Himself and give me the message I need for today.
God help me to have ears to hear what You’re saying this Christmas and every day … however, and from whomever, it is you speak.