In our house we have two dogs and what they both have in common is their ability to sleep. Although they seem to struggle to do that when we are trying to sleep any time after sunrise. When they are asleep on the lounge while we watch TV they will sleep through almost anything. If it is time for them to get off the lounge they will remain asleep unless we physically move them. There is one exception to that. The sound of their food hitting their food bowl twenty metres away will spur them to action. They will leap off the lounge and make their way to the food bowl as fast as their legs will carry them. Even while they are asleep their ears are attuned to that familiar sound of food hitting the bowl.
The reality is we as humans are often the same. We have the ability to block out somethings, yet we are very attentive to others. A parent knows the sound of their crying child over all of the other noise at a party. In John 10 Jesus uses the image of a sheep knowing the voice of their shepherd. Jesus goes on to say that he is the good shepherd. How well do we know his voice? Is the sound of Jesus’ leading familiar to you?
For us to become more familiar with Jesus’ leading in our lives we need to spend time listening. Getting familiar with Jesus’ voice in our lives enables us to detect his leading amongst all of the other noise of life. Hearing the voice is one thing. The next is to respond with action.