We all have those little vignettes of life that remain vivid in our memories. One of mine is from the 7th grade. Coach Whitfield’s class….sort of a hybrid social science class that combined geography, anthropology, sociology, those topics.
Coach Whitfield, sitting on his desk, posed the question: “What’s the first thing the cave people would have needed, day 1?”
[He probably said “cavemen” but it’s my story and I’m pretty sure women were around and needing the same thing.]
My hand went up first. He nodded for me to answer.
“A way to communicate.” That was my answer.
Coach Whitfield immediately and emphatically dissed my answer and threw out his own: Food, water, fire, clothing, shelter….
In my mind, I dissed HIS response to MY answer, thinking: “It would be a lot easier to get those things if they could communicate.” I don’t remember if made that point in class, because the discussion quickly moved on.
I have to admit that I like for my ideas to be heard. I don’t need for for my ideas to be accepted, but I do want to feel they are at least heard and considered, not discarded out of hand.
I think we’re all like that, at least to some extent, even the most introverted. We all want to be heard. We want to have our ideas, opinions, needs, wants, desires and dreams acknowledged. I believe one of the (many) reasons American culture is in such turmoil right now is that a lot of people feel their voices are not being heard.
The beautiful reality is that God hears us. He hears our prayers. He hears our cries for help, for pleas for relief, our desire for compassion and acceptance.
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress and he hears my voice. Psalm 55:1
Back in 1990, I’d read something about computer “bulletin boards” where people could connect their computers on a network and talk to each other from anywhere. I went to a computer store at the mall in Huntsville and told the sales guy that I wanted the software that would lead me talk to people on my computer and research stuff from home.
“That’s Prodigy and CompuServe,” said computer store guy.
“I’ll take both.”
Within a few days, I’d connected with new “friends” from all across the US, chatting about our favorite bands and TV shows. A few of these friends, BeatnickBeat and FriarMac, remain my real life friends today and I know them offline in their “real lives,” as well. Why? Because we connected over common interests and actually heard each other.
I think the “need to be heard” is one reason Twitter, Facebook and Instagram caught on so quickly in more recent years. Social media offers a place where you can publish your ideas about whatever suits your fancy. The social “like” signals to your brain that you’ve been heard—or at least acknowledged—even if you don’t know for certain that anyone is truly listening.
God Hears Us
Even if we don’t know whether our friends and family are really listening to us, in life or on social media, we can be certain that God will listen and that he is listening and that we are heard when we call.
God wants a relationship with me, with you, with each of us. Christ has made it possible for us to have that relationship. And He hears us when we call to him, even when it’s via private message, not a public status update.
I don’t have any amazing words of wisdom to offer, except to say that knowing God hears me when I call on Him is enough to change my state of mind. The key is to remember to call on Him.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Sheree Martin is a lawyer, entrepreneur and digital media consultant. She’s on a mission to help others Discover, Grow and Shine. Sheree is mom to multiple furry creatures and aunt to three awesome young adults. She loves spending time outdoors, especially at Shine Springs Farm, doing anything fitness related, and cooking real food for friends and family. Click her to read Sheree’s Breath on Paper bio.