Before children, I would go over to my friends' homes, those with children, and attempt to have quality time. You know, sit at the kitchen bar with a cup of coffee and catch up on life? The kids (who are all in their twenties now) were running around doing kid things—laughing, screaming, interrupting, screeching. My friend(s) would continue in their social banter without missing a beat.
Twenty-something Amanda with zero children, however, could not complete or understand a coherent sentence because of the incessant noise.
I would look at my friend(s), who for all practical purposes, were sane people, and shout, "Can't you hear them screaming?"
Comically, with a "one day you'll understand expression," they would shake their messy ponytail wearing heads, wave their hands, and whisper, "Oh, them? They are fine. One day you'll get used to it."
I. don't. think. so.
Those were my thoughts. Two Irish twins later, I did get it. And I'm sure most of you do as well. Survival dictates that we must learn to tune out every day noises that are inconsequential and tune in to those that count.
Switch gears with me. Turn on the news. Just for a minute. Watch. Listen.
Can't you hear them screaming?
Y'all, people are dying to be heard.
Their screams keep me up at night. Black, white, liberal, conservative, gay, straight, American, immigrant, citizen, non-citizen, radical, non-radical . . . wailing for someone to hear them and to respond.
Here's my plea. As believers in Jesus, check your opinions at the throne of the cross, and point them to the One who hears and the One who sees.
Encourage them to block out all the banter, including your own, and listen to the Creator who crafted them in His image.
He loves them, just as He loves you.
And He is the discerning Father who can hear the pain in their screams.
Point them to Jesus, and in the interim, get on your knees and petition to the Father on their behalf.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.