My three year old granddaughter can tune a person out with the best of them! Seriously. There are times one could almost believe she didn’t hear you at all. As I watch her tune out, I realize this might be genetic as I can do the same thing when I get lost in reading a good book.
Jesus also experienced this problem with those He spoke. He described them as having a stubborn unbelief and rejection of Him …
That is why I use these parables. For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand. (Matthew 13: 13, NLT)
Jesus explained to His disciples, He would continue to teach as long as they were willing to listen to His words and thus, they would gain even greater understanding. To those, unwilling to listen, even that which they understood would lessen. Hearts had grown cold, calloused if you would, to the words which Jesus spoke. When people had faith and their hearts were receptive, He was prepared to give even more. Truth will either soften or harden a heart.
As I have thought on this for a bit, I remembered something Winnie-the-Pooh said: “Take the fluff out of your ear.”
What are we to do when the person we are talking with doesn’t appear to be listening or receiving our words?
As our God is surely patient …
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9, NIV)
Our God is patiently waiting for all who will come to know Him. He is not indifferent nor impotent but rather waits for each of us to respond to His call.
May we, too, wait patiently.
The small fluff will fall out in His time.