Are We Listening?

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.  Matthew 3:1-6  Perhaps today we might see John as a modern day street preacher, the ones we often ignore; treating them as invisible, because we’ve got things to do and places to go. Like John they are hardly dressed the part (by the world’s standard) of a spokesperson for God. If they’re spending their days on the street, there’s a good chance they’re without a true home where they get a regular meal. One day (admittedly from a distance), I stopped to listen to a gentleman screaming at the top of his lungs outside of a busy rail station. “God loves you!” “Make your paths straight!” “Jesus Christ died for your sins!” “Seek Him!” “Repent!” “Find your strength in the Lord!” The voice of one crying out in the wilderness of a busy world with chapter and verse, had much to proclaim, and never asked for anything, except perhaps a listening ear. His messages were quick but more importantly they were true. From that brief experience I always remind myself that when I think God is silent, it could be that I may have stopped listening.

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