When I was in college, I had a sweet Friday night job – to show movies in the large common living room of my dorm. Part of this job entailed picking the movie up at the student union sometime during the week. To save an unnecessary trip, most of the time I would call first to make sure the movie was available for pick up. One week the featured movie was Dr. Zhivago, so when I called the office and said who I was, I figured the lady answering the phone knew I was calling about the movie. So I asked if Dr. Zhivago was there yet. The reply was, “I don’t know, I’ll ask.” What I heard next was a muffled yell (her hand obviously over the phone), “Is there a Dr. Zhivago in the office? Dr. Zhivago! Dr. Zhivago!” As Dr. Zhivago did not himself answer, I thanked the lady, hung up, and stopped in the next day. I just made sure to mention I was asking about the movie….
I was reminded of this anecdote in reading John 6: 27-40. In this passage, the crowd is hearing Jesus but not listening. They’re taking his words literally. It is something I’m sure I do on a regular basis. It’s so easy to hear what is being said but often times we have to step back, quiet ourselves, and quiet our souls to be able to properly listen. This is an important message John shares with them (and us); it would have been (and still would be) a pity to miss it.
Dear Lord, please helps us to remember to take the time to quiet our souls, so that we can listen to your words of wisdom and truth and let them bring peace to our day and to our lives. Amen.