Have you ever overheard an inappropriate conversation and thought, “shall I challenge it or not?”
It happened to me the other day.
I was walking through the Church and heard a discussion which included the words “death row”.
I was horrified.
Shocked that such a thing could be mentioned especially as the words were said in our toddlers club. I decided to tackle the group leader about their inappropriate use of language in front of the children.
I approached the door, and was about to enter the room when I heard the song “dingle dangle scarecrow”.
What I thought as “death row” was actually “scarecrow”.
It was with, some relief, that I didn’t challenge the leader – I felt stupid enough as it was! But, it reminded me how easy it is to mis-hear or, misunderstand what is being said.
Jesus struggled with that a lot.
As He taught and demonstrated what the Kingdom of God means, many either didn’t get it or, didn’t want to get what He was talking about.
But, I can be guilty of that too.
There are times when I “don’t hear” Jesus telling me to love my enemies. There are times when I “don’t hear” Jesus telling me to forgive. There are times I “don’t hear” Jesus telling me to ….. Well, you can fill in the blanks for yourself.
Sometimes, I need to stop and listen and listen very carefully. It’s too easy to miss what is really being said.