Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Clean Ears!

I find it soothing to clean my ears with a hairpin, even though it's recommended that we place no foreign objects in our ears.  I like knowing my ears are clean - because I don't want to miss what's directed at me.

I had a child who suffered from wax buildup to the point where it was painful.  One Sunday afternoon I had to take her to critical care, since our regular doctor was not on call.  Here's my memory of that day - the nurse reminded me of Broom Hilda in appearance; she was no nonsense and determined to get the wax out.  She literally pinned my child down so that she was steady, and used a device that resembled a crochet hook to remove a huge wad of wax.  By the end of that visit, we resolved to be more vigilant with watching her ears.

I have ears on my mind because spiritually, I want to be open to what God has to say to me.  I want to hear it and be able to respond accordingly.  I don't want to have a wax buildup of all the world's gunk that requires the equivalent of a heavy nurse pinning me down to remove the wax.

This post is prompted by an excerpt from an earlier devotional this week:
In Psalm 40:6, David declared, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; my ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.”The word opened in this verse can be translated “cleared out,” and it speaks of what God desires for us. He wants our ears to be open and ready to hear Him as He speaks to us through His Word. Sometimes, however, our spiritual ears may be blocked by the background noise of the surrounding culture or the siren songs of temptation and sin.
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—but my ears you have opened; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.
 I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalms 40: 6-8

Are your ears opened to hear God's desires for you?

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