An American Indian left the reservation to visit downtown New York. Walking down a busy street with his friend, he suddenly stopped and said, "I hear a cricket".
His friend said, "You're crazy! There's no way you could hear a cricket in all this noise!" The Indian persisted, "No! I hear a cricket... I'm sure of it!"
His friend said, "It's noon! There are thousands of people bustling around, cars honking, taxis squealing...I don't believe you can hear a little cricket in all this!" The Indian listened again and walked slowly across the street where he found a large cement planter with a shrub in it. He dug beneath the leaves, and sure enough...there was a cricket!
His friend was stunned, "You've got amazing hearing!" But the Indian said, "No. My ears are no different from yours. It simply depends on what you're listening to. Here, let me show you."
So he reached into his pocket and pulled out a handful of change -- a few quarters, some dimes, nickels and pennies...and dropped it on the concrete. You guessed it... every head within a block turned! "You see what I mean? It all depends on what you're listening for."
Folks, the reason we're not hearing Jesus speak, is because we're listening to the sounds of this world, and we're not tuned to the sounds of heaven!
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