Do you remember the last time that you heard a noise that was especially loud or unpleasant or that caused a disturbance? Can you also remember the soft pleasant sounds that brings a feeling of comfort? I remember being at a picnic and a family member was constantly complaining about modern society. It was as if the person couldn’t hear the birds singing, nor the children laughing and playing, nor gave any attention to the singing nearby. The person was so hardened on the inside that there was an internal wall built that blocked out the fruitful sounds and focused only on the unpleasant and disturbing noises of life.
If we are not receptive to the spiritual fruit within ourselves, then how can we be receptive to any sounds other than those that are unpleasant and disturbing? To hear sounds of optimism requires joy, faith, and goodness. Receptivity to tranquil sounds requires meekness, gentleness, and peace. If we want to hear sounds of people harmonizing we need to be open to goodwill, kindness, and love. If a person’s life centers around loud, unpleasant, and disturbing noises then they are definitely not hearing the fruitful sounds within their thoughts, emotions, and spirit. How we hear life depends on internal static or clarity.
There was a person going around trying to improve the world but the population wanted to assassinate him. He knew their plan and asked them for which humanitarian project would they kill him? They could only hear the loud and disturbing noise of their rules of scripture and weren’t willing to hear of the good being done by the person they planned to kill. The humanitarian replied, ” My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”