A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City,Â walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunchÂ hour and the streets were filled with people.
Cars were honking theirÂ horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing,Â and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the NativeÂ American said, “I hear a cricket.”
His friend said, “What? You must be crazy. You couldn’t possibly hearÂ a cricket in all of this noise!”
“No, I’m sure of it,” the Native American said, “I heard a cricket.”
“That’s crazy,” said the friend.
The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walkedÂ across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs wereÂ growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sureÂ enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.
“That’s incredible,” said his friend. “You must have superhuman ears!”
“No,” said the Native American. “My ears are no different from yours.Â It all depends on what you’re listening for.”
“But that can’t be!” said the friend. “I could never hear a cricket inÂ this noise.”
“Yes, it’s true,” came the reply. “It depends on what is reallyÂ important to you.
Here, let me show you.” He reached into his pocket,Â pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk.Â And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in theirÂ ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to seeÂ if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.
“See what IÂ mean?” asked the Native American. “It all depends on what’s importantÂ to you.”
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What’s important to you? What do you listen for? Some people say thatÂ there is no God, and that He never speaks to us anymore. But perhapsÂ they can’t see or hear Him because they aren’t listening for Him. TheyÂ are living for themselves, not for God.
If you are in tune with God, you will be able to notice Him at work inÂ your life and in the world. And you’ll be able to hear Him when HeÂ speaks.