Ever talk to someone and try to share what’s going on with you or what you’re thinking, and you just know that person isn’t “getting it?” Either they nod in fake interest, or (even worse, in my opinion), they relate back to you something totally off-kilter, based on how they are [mis]interpreting what you said. This is something I call “filtered hearing”–where someone hears you, but their existing mindsets sort of “filter” the information you’re communicating until their brain registers something completely different than what you said.
I get this a lot from church folks in my home town. When someone asks me how or what I’m doing, and I start to share with them some of the same type of stuff I’m blogging about here, I get some who sort of look at me crosseyed, and then I get some who enthusiastically respond with something related to their church, or what their pastor said, or something similar–and they act like it goes right along with what I just shared, but…I just know they didn’t really hear me.
If they had heard me correctly…they probably would have looked at me crosseyed, like those other folks. 🙂
Religion does this to us. It puts mindset-filters over our eyes and ears so we only interpret incoming data in the light of what we already believe to be true. I think that when God tries to give us a fresh perspective on things, or show up and manifest Himself in an unfamiliar way, we often miss it, and we didn’t even know He was there. Why? Because we only see and hear Him through our filters. I think we all have these filters to some extent, and part of growing spiritually is allowing God to remove the filters, layer by layer. Sometimes what we refer to as “getting a revelation” is more about God opening our eyes to something that was already there. Just something to think about…
One other thing to think about today…I lifted this picture from Ben & Heather Cotten’s blog, live.awake.
It speaks to me; I feel like I’m living this picture in some ways. How ’bout you?
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