Do You Hear What I Hear?

When I was young, my favorite Christmas movie was The Little Drummer Boy.  I also loved a song in the movie called, “Do You Hear What I Hear” by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne. Perhaps it was the haunting melody of the song that soothed my soul or maybe the concept of the second verse;

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy

Do you hear what I hear?    

Ringing through the sky shepherd boy

Do you hear what I hear?

A song, a song

High above the tree

With a voice as big as the seas

With a voice as big as the seas 

Now that I have you humming Christmas songs, read the verse again. A simple question is asked, yet a simple answer cannot be given because I do not hear what you hear.  We all hear differently.

During heated discussions, we may assume others hear and understand what we are saying in the way it is intended, but the reality is many times they do not.  When I say to my spouse that my feelings are not hurt by his actions, does he hear the quiver in my voice?  It is there and, in my opinion, screaming loudly for all to hear, yet does he hear what I hear?  If I am asked to do a favor for a friend and the request is followed by, “It’s okay if you can’t,” is it really okay?  Did I hear that correctly? 

What about when God speaks to us.  There are many examples in the Bible that seem clear enough!  Adam heard God’s voice in the Garden of Eden when He asked, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) Moses heard God’s voice when he received the Ten Commandments, “Then the Lord said to Moses. . .” (Exodus 34:27-28). As Jesus was baptized, John the Baptist and those crowded around the Jordan River heard God’s voice respond, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

Unfortunately, I have never heard the voice of God audibly, nor have I known anyone who has, yet I do hear Him.  When our girls were at home, I would hear Him on my morning walks with our oldest daughter, Ashlee, as she shared her hopes and dreams, and what God was doing in her life.  I could hear Him as I watched our youngest daughter, Paige, during ballet classes.  She was so graceful and there was such peace and fluidity in her movements that I could hear God gently whisper the same to me.  I hear Him now as I listen each Sunday morning to my husband, Bill, preach the Word of God.  I know this one seems obvious, but the journey to arrive at this place has been a wild ride!  As I listen, I hear once again the promises made in the quiet secret times with the Lord.  I remember the voice that I heard all those years speaking life, freedom, and hope.

My place in life is not the same as yours!  The promises made to me are mine, not for anyone else.  Each one of us has a unique call from the Lord with talents and gifts to sustain that call.  I cannot hear for anyone else. What do you hear when you quiet yourself before the Lord?  How about when life is not so quiet, what can you hear?  He is speaking, but the question is not “Do You Hear What I Hear?”  The question for each of us should simply be, am I listening?

2 thoughts on “Do You Hear What I Hear?

  1. Kelli, you do know at least one person who has heard the voice of God audibly because you know me. I was a young single adult who had given up the futile practice of dating and had been earnestly seeking God’s will for my life as a single person or as a married person. I realized that if it was God’s will for me to be married, he had better make it ABUNDANTLY clear who that person would be. I knew that I could/would talk myself into and out of just about anybody as a potential spouse. So I stopped looking and started praying:. God, make me the man you want me to be. God, make it obvious who I’m supposed to marry. I gave God suggestions: skywriting, bright neon signs with names and arrows, I was even open to. piano falling on my head. This is how I prayed for 3 years. Then one day, while waiting for Sunday service to start and making casual conversation with my buddy’s wife, Shelly. I heard His voice over ours. He said, “brace yourself, she is the one”. Just like Saul, there was no question whose voice it was, so I instinctively answered in my thoughts, “but Lord, she is married!!”. A moment later, my future wife walked up from behind us and Shelly introduced us.


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