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Read Luke 10:38-42 

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.—Proverbs 1:5 (NIV) 

As my husband and I paddled our kayaks, we spotted fish swimming in the water and alligators sunning on the bank. Soon another kayaker maneuvered over to us and whispered, “Look! A manatee!” We marveled as a manatee swam below us.  

At that moment, three other kayakers came into view. One shouted, “I don’t see any manatees!” Another shouted back, “Maybe they are farther down the river. Let’s go!” They propelled themselves quickly through the water before we could alert them to the manatee’s presence. 

As we continued our slow river trek, I thought about those three people. Distracted by their efforts, they did not hear the hushed voices that led others to the manatee. They failed to notice us, still and quiet, gazing into the water. Later I wondered: How often am I like those kayakers? What acts of service go undone or prayers of intercession go unspoken because I am too distracted or too hurried to attend to the Holy Spirit’s nudges? 

There are times when we must make preparations like Martha. Like the three kayakers, we may find cause for forging ahead. However, Jesus values Mary’s choice to listen. I hope to follow Mary’s example and become a diligent listener—listening with my ears, with my eyes, and with my heart. 

Prayer: Dear Father, help us to listen as we study your word, interact with your children, and seek your will. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

Thought for the day: Today I will be diligent in listening for the Holy Spirit. 

Terry J. Burns, Florida