January 14, 2020

From time to time, I get complaints about the quality of the sound system in the sanctuary. This is especially true for those who sit under the balcony. And since I always refuse to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong, I immediately blame the sound techs.

But truth be known, the sound techs do a wonderful job with what they have to work with. The problem is me. My voice sounds like a Muppet with a head cold.

It got so bad at my former church, they actually brought in sound experts, who patiently explained the problem: my voice was incredibly difficult to mike. As usual, I blamed them.

Sunday morning, LaVelle, who sits on the very back row under the balcony, was complaining that she really had trouble hearing. Before I could say anything, Anton, who was sitting right next to her, said, “Let’s move up to the front of the church. That way you can hear.”

At that moment, LaVelle looked like a deer caught in the headlights. She said, “No, these seats are fine.”

That’s when I told LaVelle she was going to be in a devotional but I would only use her first name, that way no one would know who I was talking about. That’s because LaVelle is such a common name.

While I dearly love LaVelle and would enjoy making fun of her all day long, I did learn something from our short conversation.

Anton had given her the solution to being able to hear the worship service. But she was comfortable in her own seat and had no intention of moving. Many of us do the exact same thing with God.

In order to hear God, we must be intentionally listening and opening ourselves up to hear God speak to the circumstances of our lives. We do this by prayer, reading and reflecting on scripture, regularly attending worship services, and a host of other ways. But it takes effort and this is where many of us fall short.

I promise, one way or another, if you put in the sweat equity, you will hear God speak. It’s worth the effort.

The psalmist prayed: “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5)

God is doing his part. He expects us to do ours.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me be disciplined enough in my spiritual practices that I hear you speak. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Note to LaVelle: God told me to tell you not to hurt me. I think you should listen to God.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins