A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhatten. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, "I hear a cricket." His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket in all this noise!" "No, I'm sure of it," the Native American said. "I heard a cricket." "That's crazy," said his friend. The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he localed a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed. "That's incredible," he said. "You must have supernatural ears." "No," said the Native American. "My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you're listening for." "But, that can't be," said the friend. "I could never hear a cricket in all this noise." "Yes, it's true," came the reply. "It depends on what is really important to you. Let me show you what I mean." The Native American reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And, then, even with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs. "See what I mean?" asked the Native American. "It all dependes on what's important to you." So, what's important to you? What do you listen for? Some people say there is no God; or, that if he exists, he never speaks to us anymore. But, perhaps they can't see or hear hem because they aren't listening for him. Perhaps they're living for themselves, rather than for God. If you are in tune with God, you will be able to notice him at work in your life - and in the world. And, you will be able to hear him when he speaks. So, what's important to you? Could you hear the cricket in Times Square at the noon hour? Could you hear the still small voice if it spoke to you?
We find ourselves once again in perilous times.
Violence is increasing on our streets, a tidal wave of wickedness is raging; and our schools, courts and government have no adequate response.
But, this must not discourage us, diminish us, or dissuade us from the high calling of bringing heaven to earth.
By our prayers, love and radical acts of grace, we - as God's people - must be the light in the darkness, the city set upon a hill.
Just as Jesus faced a wicked Roman culture and prevailed by loving, healing, delivering and saving, we will have a Jesus revelation that will not only surprise the skeptics but will be so powerful I believe even the Church will be shocked.
Many feel we will go out whimpering, defeated, barely hanging on.
Not so: we are Overcomers, victors, a revival generation that will not be quenched.
Yes, we are promised wars, famines, and difficult times, but we are also promised by the Holy Spirit that any spirit of fear will be gone - and we will be left with love, power and the sound mind of Jesus.
Rise up, Church - you are sons and daughters, so don't tolerate or accept the voice of the liar who says you are weak, worn out and soon to be overcome.
No, not at all! Realize who you are - and what a great inheritance you have in Christ Jesus.
The storehouse of heaven's resources, power and presence are ours in Him.
[Taken from World Challenge, Pulpit Series,
September 18, 2017]