Baby Ears

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Somehow, it took the birth of our third grandchild before I actually witnessed an infant hearing test


As the audiologist came into the hospital room she said quietly, “I’m going to do a hearing screening today called an auditory brainstem response.” And then as if reading our thoughts, “He’ll sleep right through it.” 


Silently, I did have a little panic moment, as it had never occurred to me that Judah might have hearing problems. What if something were indeed wrong?


For the next several minutes, Hilary and I waited together, stealing glances at our one-day-old as he twitched peacefully without much disturbance. 


“Everything looks good,” announced the technician, peeling the sensors off Judah’s temples. “He’s passed the test with flying colors.”


Although Judah was only a few hours old, his ears were already doing what they were created to do: hear


I learned that in vitro, a baby’s ears begin to form just eight weeks into the pregnancy. As early as twenty weeks, a fetus can turn in response to sounds outside the womb. And by twenty-four weeks, their little ears are structurally complete. 


Before our own new birth as believers, our immature spiritual ears begin developing to hear the voice of our Heavenly Father. Maybe we too have turned toward His call and questioned His voice, before actually hearing Him clearly. 


On His part, He waited patiently while our infant ears reached the day when they could respond to what they heard. 


He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will dine with him and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).


We were given spiritual ears to hear with. Rather obvious, I suppose, but how often are we actually bending our ear to listen? “If any man has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mark 4:23 – exclamation point mine) 


I have a question. Would you consider yourself “of God”? 


Because if you are, you have the ability to hear: “He who is of God hears the words of God” (John 8:47). You came into the new birth outfitted with ears to hear.


So do you spend time listening? 


After all, that’s far more important to your Father than trying to do something for Him (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2).



Thank You for forming my spiritual ears. I don’t know that much about them, but am realizing just how vital they are to connect with You. Teach me not only how to hear You, but also how to take the time to listen to what You say. Grant me time each day to put aside my distracted preparations and sit down at Your feet in silence (Luke 1:39-40). Let’s begin that now. Selah.”