I’ve had a few conversations recently with people who have asked me how they can hear God and I’ve answered with an illustration and question from one of my sons. We often go to Minsmere, our local RSPB reserve, where we go our own separate ways with a planned meeting point after our walks. On our last visit we met up in the forest and I remarked how beautiful it was to hear the birds singing. One of the birds I saw was a wren standing on a tree trunk, its song was quite outstanding, and I stood for ages listening and watching. My son’s question was, “Mother, do you think your hearing is improving?”. I thought for a while and then replied, “No, there’s no background noise”. I pondered the question afterwards and realised how much we let background noise affect our concentration when we’ve listened to something in particular. If we’re trying to hear what God is saying to us and our mind is full of thoughts buzzing around and our heart is full of feelings banging against each other or we’re distracted by situations that have caused us to be angry, frustrated, irritated, feel sorry for ourselves or whatever we will not be at peace and able to hear what is said. For the Christian, hearing God is an integral part of our spiritual walk. Therefore, we need to have the courage to stop the intrusions and sort out the emotional and mental blocks so that we are able to hear and assimilate what is being said for our own and other’s good.