The Importance of Learning How to Listen

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Back when the telegraph was the was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator.

Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the address that was listed. When he arrived, he entered a lobby full of noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph sending out a message in the background.
The receptionist instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were called into the office.
The young man filled out his form and sat down with the seven other applicants.
After a few minutes, the young man stood up, went to the door of the inner office, and walked right in.
Naturally the other applicants perked up. They muttered among themselves that they hadn’t heard any summons yet. They assumed this young man had made a mistake and would be disqualified.
Within a few minutes, however, the boss walked out and said to the other applicants, “Gentlemen, thank you for waiting, but the job has just been filled.”
They began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying, “Wait a minute, I don’t understand. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That’s not fair!”
The employer said, “I’m sorry, but all the time you’ve been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse Code: ‘If you understand this message, come right in. The job is yours.’ None of you understood it. This young man did. The job is his.”
We live in a world that is full of business and clatter, like that office. People are distracted and unable to hear the still, small voice of God as He speaks in creation, in the Scriptures, or in the life and work of Jesus Christ.
Are you tuned in to God’s voice? Do you hear Him when He speaks to you? Are you listening? “This is my Son, whom I love . . . Listen to Him!”
hat/tip The Encourager

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0 responses to “The Importance of Learning How to Listen

  1. cd,
    That is a truly great story.

  2. Excellent reminder.

  3. Miracles happen every day, but we don’t see or hear them because our hearts are hardened and our ears are stopped!


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