“Can’t you hear that?” I shivered. “That needs some work. The notes aren’t right. They aren’t in harmony.”
“Sounds fine to me,” he said, and played it again.
I shivered again. “NO, really. That sounds bad.”
I pointed out the places that sounded great – then compared them to the places that didn’t. But Sean still couldn’t hear them.
Earlier in the week, I was learning a new song and was singing it in a range that was easy for me, but one that caused the upper notes of the song to be a little weird. I thought it was fine. He told me otherwise. “I like it, but you need to play it in a different key. There is one part that just doesn’t sound right. It just sounds, well, funky. And not in a good way.”
I didn’t agree – and tried to play it in the same key. He shook his head NO. “It’s too high or something.” he said. “I don’t know what to tell you. It’s just wrong.”
Neither of us could hear what the other person was hearing because we were too close to our own projects. On the other hand, neither of us could pinpoint exactly what was wrong with the other person’s project, but we knew something was wrong, wrong, wrong!
In my life, there are places that need fixing, but I can’t “hear” them because I’m too close to them. There are times I don’t hear the discord between who I say I am and how I’m living my life. There are times God uses other sweet folks in my life to say, “Do you hear what I hear? Listen up, something isn’t right.”
What do you do when someone asks for your thoughts on something and you can hear that something is wrong, wrong, wrong…but they don’t hear it?
In my case, I was very glad Sean told me what he did. I went back and practiced more and really thought about what he had to say. I prayed as I played and well, Sean was right. There was definitely a problem with that section of the song. I sang it in a different key and changed the “funky” place in the melody to suit my voice better. And when I played it for him later, his reaction said it all. “YES. That works. I like that you do this…and this…and…” You get the picture. He hadn’t been able to tell me exactly how to change it to make it work, but he knew I needed to work on it more. And when I did, he knew it was right, right, right!
And like the above situation, there are other times he sends folks into my life to say, “Do you hear what I hear? God is doing something good in your life. I want to encourage you to keep doing whatever it is God is telling you to do. I can HEAR the harmony….and it sounds good!”
What do you do when someone shares something they “hear” going on with you? Do you take it to heart and come under condemnation? Do you brush aside the encouragement? Or do you take it to the Lord and ask Him to open your ears to hear what HE is saying to you? Maybe God does want you to work on something in your life – or maybe He has sent someone to encourage you in what you are already doing. LISTEN!
If it is something good or something that needs work, pray! Ask Him to open your ears and let you hear what He wants you to know. He wants to speak directly to us, one on one, if we will just listen. So when He does send others our way to encourage us or point out something that is going on, He is STILL directing us back to Him.
I suppose, then, the question is not “Do you hear what I hear”, but rather, “Do you hear what He hears?”
I think I might need to go clean out my ears. I hear too much of me and not enough of Him most days. How about you?