Today I received message from someone who had seen one of our Facebook Ads. They informed me that they did not like me posting there. I let them know that I had no control over the ads or posting on their page, however, I did empathize with their distress, thinking of the numerous requests I receive to play games on Facebook that I have no desire to play.
Oh what frustration: to be bombarded with messages that you just don’t want to hear! You get them often driving down the expressway, listening to TV, on the radio, even mindless office chatter. There are so many times that you hear these unsolicited messages. Sometimes these requests for your attention come from friends or family in need. They may just need an ear to vent, or an encouraging word. Yet we are so inundated with “things” that we just don’t have the time to stop and take pause to help them.
Yet in the midst of my desire to shut everyone out, I think of what David wrote:
But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. (Psalm 18:6 NIV)
Imagine if God said, “I don’t have time to listen to you today. You are overwhelming me. I need a break.” How distressed would we feel if we ever had Him tune us out and not hear our cries? The thought is devastating! Yet we know that it is His will that we love one another as He loves us (John 15:12). If that is so, shouldn’t we take the time to listen to the cries of those around us?
Tomorrow, look for opportunities to tune your heart into the cry of those around you. Showing them what Christ-like love is all about. You never know how you can be a blessing, and in return be blessed by being there.