The Need to be Heard
A newborn wakes in the night, after two short hours of sleep, desiring the warm comforting milk from its Mama, uncomfortable from the mess in the Pamper and/or just needing a “snuggle” but announces her need the only way she knows how, how God wired her – LOUDLY – at the TOP OF HER LUNGS… in the middle of the night.
The toddler thrashes himself in an unreasonable tantrum, unable to communicate clearly what his needs/wants are – but definitely communicating that he needs to be heard – and is going to do whatever it takes to be heard.
The child yearns for attention and turns to rebellion and acting out in order to get it.
A teenager withdraws and tries to convince that she wants to be left alone, but deep down, truly just wants to be heard. Another teenager participates in some very unhealthy activities in an attempt to be heard.
As adults, we have a need to be heard as well. On a good day, that may be as simple as asking a spouse or friend if “we can talk”. The basic need to be heard may also show up in tears, withdrawal, even busy-ness. Sometimes a cry for help is so desperate that it risks hurting oneself or someone else. The bottom line is – we all have a need to be heard.
God knew this, which is why He inspired writers of the Bible to share that with us, several times. Do you need to be heard? Know that you are. Cry out to Him, He hears. Be blessed and encouraged by what God’s Love Letter says to us:
Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:13
For the LORD listens to the needy. Psalm 69:33
I have heard the groaning of the Israelites; I have remembered My covenant. Ex. 6:5
I waited patiently for the LORD, and He turned to me and heard my cry for help. Psa. 40:1
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He rescued them from their distress. Psa. 107:6