During the global coronavirus pandemic, our nation has been in enforced lockdown. For the first seven weeks this meant no-one was allowed to go out except for food, medicine, and exercise, while some were advised not to leave the house. Overnight, our lives came to a standstill. Hugs and handshakes were taboo and face coverings appeared everywhere. Even many weeks later, it continues to be an anxious time.
Technology became invaluable during isolation. We have been invited to ‘tune in’ to all kinds of events and activities. As someone who even struggled with the simple concept of Zoom meetings, it was inevitable I should start thinking about ‘wavelengths’. I missed a lot because I wasn’t on the right technological wavelength. “If we want to hear the right things,” wrote William Barclay, “we have got to be attuned to the right wavelengths.”
I’ve learned that it is important to know myself if I want to grow and mature as a disciple of Yahshua. The wavelength for this is honesty. There are very few of us who are honest with ourselves. We must cultivate the courage to look at thoughts, feelings, actions, and behaviour with honesty. What I criticise in others, I find myself excusing in me, justifying it because I understand the circumstances. “All a person’s ways seem pure to them…” we read [Proverbs 16:2]. Yahshua put it like this: “Why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own” [Matthew 7:3, New Living Translation]? We need honesty to hear ourselves correctly.
To hear others correctly, we need the wavelength of sympathy. It’s easy to only half-listen to a conversation because we’re longing to add our ‘bit’. When we’re too concerned with ourselves to offer a sympathetic, listening ear, what do we miss?
To hear Yahweh correctly we need the wavelength of humility. It’s a basic mistake to think prayer is only about talking to Him. Prayer includes making time to listen because Yahweh wants to talk to us. Don’t miss it!
Let me encourage you to tune in this week to hear the ‘right things’ from yourselves, others and Yahweh.