Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 05/30/2024

On cool nights at the “Homestead” we open the windows to allow the fresh breeze into our home. The cool crisp air feels refreshing. The result of opening the windows is that the whip-poor-will birds that have nested around the homestead begin their ceaseless song. Whip-poor-wills are small birds with a mighty voice. They are nocturnal birds who feed on insects from dusk until dawn. They are extremely hard to spot during the day because of their inactivity and their mottled brownish plumage that allows them to blend in with the forest floor or a tree branch. The bird has been named for its distinct song, calling out “whip-poor-will.” If you have ever heard their song, you will never forget it. The other reason you will not forget the song is because the small birds continue their song endlessly throughout the night – I am not kidding, they never stop!!! It may seem like a romantic, nostalgic thought but if you have them around your house, they will drive you crazy with their incessant singing. It is amazing that they can continue without seeming to take a breath.

I have a trick to block them out of my hearing, I roll over on my right side allowing my left ear to serve as my only hearing device. The sound magically goes away because I have lost most of my hearing in my left ear. I suffer from Meniere’s Disease; caused by a fluid imbalance in my inner ear. Meniere’s Disease also causes vertigo and tinnitus. I have suffered with extreme cases of vertigo, the sense that the world is spinning out of control. And I continue to deal with tinnitus, a high-pitched ringing in my ear (similar to the sound in your ear after shooting a gun) it is continuous every second of every hour of every day. I have suffered with tinnitus for over three decades causing me to become so accustomed to the sound that I am not bothered by it any more. The result of my hearing deficiency is that I cannot discern where a sound is coming from. I may hear the sound but I have no idea which way to turn to find the origin of the sound.

Thankfully no matter how bad my hearing worsens I can always hear my Savior calling. His inaudible voice is unmistakable and cuts through the noise of this earth if I remain in fellowship with Him recognizing the source.

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you listen for the still small voice of your Savior calling. May you train yourself to listen with the full intent of obedience. My prayer for you is that you don’t turn a deaf ear to Him or have become deaf to His calling. Seek a quiet place and allow Him to speak into your soul. Train yourself to recognize His calling so no matter your surroundings He is heard clearly.

Do not let the noise of this world drown out His voice.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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