Bible Reading: Luke 8:1-21
All of us need to be actively responding to what the Lord teaches us. It isn’t enough to be able to repeat Scripture verses, or to expound on Biblical stories. We should put into practice what we learn. If we don’t…we will not grow.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
“Can you hear me, now?” Remember that television advertisement for a cell phone company? The ability to hear good is extremely important to people. But it may be even more important to some animals that you know about. For instance:
- Turtles don’t have ears like we do. They only have ears inside of their shell. All they can hear are low sounds and vibrations.
- On the other hand, the Greater Wax Moth can hear 150 times more than humans.
- Elephants (with those big ears) can hear sounds that are 20 times lower than what humans can hear. They make low rumbling noises to signal each other that they can hear from almost 4 miles away.
- Whales are like the elephants of the ocean. They also make low, rumbling sounds. So low, that we cannot hear them. But get this, some scientists think that whales can hear each up to 10,000 miles apart. That’s right, 10,000 miles! That’s about the same distance from New Bern (NC), to Anchorage (AK), to Tampa (FL), and back to New Bern (NC).
- What do Bats and Dolphins have in common? They both use echolocation. That means that they send out a sound that bounces off of something and comes back to them (like an echo, echo, echo…) and they can tell where it is located, how far away it is, it’s size, and more. Bats can hear an insect flying 15-20 feet away. Dolphins have the largest hearing range (from low to high frequencies) of any animal on the planet. And, if you put a silver dollar on the bottom of the ocean…they could detect it from 230 feet away (a football field is 300 feet).
- Don’t even try to sneak up on your cat. They have 32 muscles in each of their outer ears so that they can move them to catch sound more effectively. I know what you’re thinking right now, “How many muscles do I have in my outer ear?” The answer is six.
- A Fox can hear mice from 25 feet away…that are under 3 feet of snow.
- Dogs can hear so good that they can tell the difference between you walking down the hall and someone else. That’s why they recognize the sound of the postman walking down the street, and start barking when your car when is still a block away.
- A rat can hear an incy-wincy spider coming down the drainpipe.
- Owl’s ears are different. One ear is higher and further forward on their head than the other, and also hears higher frequency sounds than the other. That way, they hear the same sound in two different ways and when their brain puts the two sounds together, it helps them determine what is making the sound.
Pretty cool stuff, huh?
Has your Mom, or Dad, ever said, “Are you listening to me?” You know what they mean. They don’t mean, “Can you hear me?” They do mean, “Are you paying attention to what I’m saying?” Or, even better they mean, “Are you doing what you heard me tell you to do?” Now, that’s what they are talking about.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, but Jesus told His disciples much the same thing. He said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Now obviously we all have ears. And obviously our ears are meant to hear. But Jesus wasn’t just talking about hearing with our ears…and stopping there. Nope. He was talking about hearing something…and then doing something based on what you heard. Evidently this is pretty important because He then went on to say that if you just hear something…and stop there…then two things will happen. First, before long, you will forget what you heard. And second, you won’t understand what you hear next…because it will be based on what you heard the first time…and forgot. That means that you will not grow in your faith. In fact, it will almost be like growing in reverse. Can you imagine what it would be like if your body did that? One day you turn 15 on your birthday…and then the next day…you’re a day younger. And the next day you’re another day younger. And on and on…until…well, I guess you become a baby, again. Yeah, that wouldn’t be healthy, would it? Jesus is saying that it is not healthy when He teaches you something…but you don’t do anything about it. Kind of reminds me of the saying, “Use it, or lose it.”
If you are going to grow spiritually, grow in your relationship with Jesus, then you have to act on what He teaches you. Then, the next time He teaches you something new, you will be ready.
All right, wiggle those 6 muscles in your ears and start listening when Jesus speaks…then, do something about it. Oh, and by the way, “Can you hear me, now?”
Love you more than bunches and bunches,