The Little Old Lady’s Good Ear

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She is a little old lady, but you would hardly know it. Her light shines bright; she is a child of light. She keeps her Bible close at hand. She memorizes scriptures to keep safely tucked inside her heart. She may get around these days only with the help of a walker, but her faith walk is strong and her heart seems to sing. She forgot her Bible when I preached at her assisted living facility recently, so she sent me to her room to fetch it. She told me to go into the little pocket of her recliner chair to get God’s Word.

I brought it to her in the assisted living facility’s library where I preach weekly surrounded by a room crammed with wheelchairs, with walkers, with hungry hearts. I wasn’t altogether surprised that she had parked herself exceedingly close to where I preach. She explained.

“I’m sitting up close. I don’t hear so well, and I have my good ear closest to you,” she told me, pointing to her good ear.

Oh, if only we would all keep our Bibles close at hand, the scriptures tucked inside our hearts, and our good ears as close to the preaching of God’s Word as possible. Then perhaps we could cast aside our spiritual walkers and our spiritual wheelchairs and learn to live as we are called. According to His Word.

But alas, how many of us sit with our good ears right up close to the television, to the radio, to the movies, to the cares, and troubles, and unrighteousness of this world rather than to the voice, and the Word, of the Lord? And then we wonder why can’t seem to find our way out of darkness.

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.7Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light9(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. (Ephesians 5:6-13 NASB)

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