God Listens

Matthew 20:20-21

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

In this passage we hear the mother of James and John asking for a favor. She is asking for the best seats in the house. Why? What is the undercurrent of emotion that is provoking her request? Could it be that she is scared of not being heard? Is she scared that her sons will be overlooked? Is she ruminating over her missteps in parenting? One could imagine that any of those reasons could be true.

The good news is that God listens. He is very interested in you. He is interested in your thoughts. Your voice matters. He takes you very seriously. When you are in His presence, He turns to listen to you, to look into your eyes. You don’t need to fear that you will be ignored.

He listens to your painful plea. He listens to your dark confessions. God’s listening is intentional. He will never avoid you or ignore you. Your pleas will not go unnoticed.

Remember your worth. You have been chosen. Meditate on this radical love that God has for you. Begin a conversation with Him. Start that conversation with Him now.