In 1966 Simon & Garfunkel could hear
the sounds of silence.
Today are we missing the sound of wisdom?
On the way home from Puerto Vallarta, I wasn’t looking for anything except to endure the long way not expected to end until head on my pillow about 4 a.m.
So I wasn’t expecting
something tailor-made just for me on the flight home and in the days after.
Seventy-two verses in the Bible, especially in the Proverbs, teach that a wise person will quickly respond to correction. “You can’t tell me what to do!” is not the wise response!
One of those verses came into direct play:
“The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise” (Prov. 15:31).
Sitting in the Los Angeles Airport waiting for our connecting flight to Denver, scheduled for 9:30 p.m., we watched the time ticking down with no loading in sight. An on-time flight would still have us arriving in Denver about 1 a.m. and arriving home in Canon City by car about 4 a.m. And the best-case scenario was not happening!
Getting antsy sitting anxiously, I stepped into the Southwest lineup as soon as a few others made the move. Standing by the A50 post, I commented sarcastically to the man standing across me on the A lower-number side, “Here it is 9:25 and they’re still claiming ‘on-time’ on their banner.” “Oh,” replied the relaxed and smiling man in his early 40’s, “The pilot will make it up in the air.”
How realistic is that, I thought, but was pricked by his reply.
I see myself as a realistic and positive optimist. It’s half full. Unless there’s a clear mark on the glass specifying 49%. And this level was dropping by the minute!
At 9:35 the banner still proclaimed “on-time” but I got tired of standing so sat back down in a chair. The family from our Colorado Springs church who was on the same plane back to Denver was seated nearby, and I lamented to their oldest daughter, an outstanding senior in high school who seems always comfortable talking to adults, “So they’re still claiming on-time and they’re five minutes late already!”
Foolish me for thinking this energetic teen would be feeling like this downer old man nearing past his bedtime. After a telling pause Simon & Garfunkel would have appreciated: “The plane in Puerto Vallarta left late, and we still got here on time.” Even yet her comment has not left the runway.
A few days later, on our drive out to Chicago, we were staying overnight in a Knight’s Inn. When I saw they offered HBO, before channeling my way there, I lamented that HBO in hotels is always worthless because there’s never anything worth watching the night we’re there.
But “Hidden Figures” was on, near the beginning, and we stayed up later than we should have thoroughly enjoying it.
After the wind, earthquake and fire, Elijah was alert for the still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12). Simon & Garfunkel tuned in to the whispers.
Will we keep missing the rebukes of life?
This time I heard it.