I have a tendency to ignore a lot of auditory input unless it is what I have chosen.  I just tune it out and, if I can’t tune it out, I leave the room. There are things I don’t like hearing because they pull me in to listen and, sometimes, it isn’t good stuff to listen to for whatever reason. Also. sometimes listening is hard work.

Let’s take the coronavirus news as an example. At first, I was hearing so much that I had to stop and listen a bit. In the initial days of the coronavirus, when there was so much conflicting information, I had to weigh some things against my mind and heart. I heard a few illogical things. Things that, when I heard them, I thought — that makes no sense.

But then, it was front and center all day long. If the news was on, I tuned it out. The conflicting reports. The ever changing recommendations. And the variety of responses from the public. Hearing from all of the available sources on the coronavirus: from the CDC to the medical field to the state officials to other nations to business owners to struggling families is a lot to hear.  The perspectives are never ending. And there are not enough hours in the day to hear it all. It isn’t that I don’t have compassion or care about what this means, but I cannot solve this problem.  I can support those close to me who are struggling. I can pray for the vaccine makers to find what they need to find. I can pray for people to love one another, share their resources with those in need, and help in the ways they are called. I can do those things, too. I can listen to my friends as they process and grieve what this means for them. I can do what God is calling me to do.

In the end, here is what I do to limit my exposure to the coronavirus — I wash my hands more. I wear a mask when I am out in public. I don’t hang out in big gatherings.  I had to find a sustainable path for myself.  Mind you, I may get it Covid-19. It seems to be lurking everywhere — all across the world. And whether I live or die, it’s ok. I have peace. I have the blessed assurance of Heaven.

Scripture does not address the coronavirus but it does address the fear the coronavirus brings. Yes, there have been heartbreaking deaths — people dying alone with their families unable to be near them but who desperately want to be there. There have been a lot of hard things from livelihoods being completely disrupted to serious financial challenges. Of course, this situation has made my life uncomfortable and stressful in a few ways, but I am thankful that I have God’s peace. God’s promise is not that we will have an easy life. This is Earth, after all, not Heaven.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

I am so glad that verse is tucked into my heart. I even know it set to music, which is a bonus. Music always helps me memorize!

When there are sounds all around me, disrupting my day, I need to investigate them. I’ll talk more about Listening next time.

God’s blessings on your week!

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PrayerPoints by Liz

PrayerPoints is typically a Lenten project and a chronicle of God working on my heart and mind. It is always a process. God is always teaching me! I am American born with Hungarian blood. I make plenty of mistakes but I am forgiven. Each day is an adventure.

2 thoughts on “Hearing”

  1. Dear Friend, I read your post with a listening ear, a term I learned from being a registered nurse, before I lost a significant amount of hearing. Ironic isn’t it? A listening ear from a person who struggles to hear? A listening ear means I try hard to understand what your perspective is of this problem. A better word could be empathy. In this time of vaccines to prevent highly contagious diseases and accurate medical treatments and preventions it is rare for the majority of the population to have to deal with an epidemic or pandemic as we are now having to do. For me and my former colleagues this is what we dealt with in contagious diseases on a daily basis. That the widespread nature of CoViD19 has hit the entire world is not unprecedented , but not in our lifetime, few remember the impact of poliomyelitis in the 1950’s. The sheer terror of a family member being struck with that horrible disease is rare now. Those memories are fading except for those who contracted the disease and are still struggling with postpolio syndrome, the damage is still occurring and the person is deteriorating, there isn’t any treatment. Being overwhelmed by the news about CoViD19 is normal, there seems to be nothing else on the news. Then to top that off are the protests against racial inequality and those struggles for freedom for an individual. It seems as if the whole world has emptied itself from thought. There is onlyy just so much a person can take. building a border from too much information is wise, just as building a border around yourself to protect from a person with a toxic personality. Is this pandemic an unknown factor in life? That depends on who are listening to, causing increasing destruction of our environment was first shown to be dangerous as early as the late 1890’s. it is called Global Warming, scientists have warned about pandemics for decades, no one listened. Now we are seeing just how vulnerable we are when the environment isn’t taken care of with thought and wisdom. Uncomfortable isn’t it? We are designers of our own problems. We all now increasing daily threats that we manufactured. So where does that leave us? At a cross roads, do we plunge ahead without careful planning or slow down and think , how can we treat this world as what it is,our only home while we reside on the planet. Do we wish carefully thought out clean living conditions for all living things or do we chose filth and more pandemics? The choice is ours, the time has come, there is no turning back.

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