Sometimes we just want to be heard—to be known in the moment. It’s a basic human longing to connect in an understandable way, just “ask” a two-year old. This type of being heard requires true listening. Have you had the experience of someone hearing your words but not listening to your heart?
In our noisy world, listening requires effort. The effort of laying aside our personal agenda and longing to be heard in order to hear another person’s words, longings, point of view, cultural starting points.
I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1,2
Amazingly God inclines His ear to hear us! He listens to our pleas, our longings. And this can change everything inside of us as we experience that we are known in the moment. He shows us His love by listening when we call on Him. We then love Him because He listens, and we call on Him for as long as we live because the power of His inclined ear profoundly draws our hearts to Him.
Images can help us listen to our own hearts and the hearts of others. Consider the practice of listening and the image above. Does it connects with your longings and if so then call on the One Who truly listens.