A Lesson from Earl
Posted on September 3, 2021 8:00 AM by Tom Pendergrass
“If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him….” Rev. 3:20
I was blessed to have a wonderful father-in-law. Earl was a humble, godly man who lived a simple life. … He was born in 1909, and in his later years, Earl became very hard of hearing. Years of working in a brush factory left his hearing damaged and with each passing birthday, his hearing diminished even further. When Earl was 85, the family thought it would be a great idea to get him hearing aids.
Earl hated the hearing aids. ….
On one occasion, he was being encouraged (really nagged on) by his family to wear his hearing aids. We were all tired of yelling to communicate a message to him. After his wife and both daughters exhorted him and then left the room, Earl turned to me and spoke a profound statement.
“Tom, I’m not hard of hearing, I’m tired of hearing!” I’ve never forgotten that moment.
There are times when I want to turn down the volume of those speaking to me. Their requests feel endless and I can never seem to meet their expectations. It is at those moments that I understand why Jesus would go up on the mountaintop to be alone.
Please remember that the voice pleading for you to open the door is a voice that you cannot afford to ignore, refuse, or reject. His voice alone can calm the storms and speak peace to your somewhat chaotic life. Seven letters to seven churches all with the same plea! Please hear His voice, stop what you’re doing, and open the door!
--Tom Pendergrass, pastor, Urbancrest Church, Lebanon
Taken from Tom Pendergrass’s book, Through the Door (Author Academy 2019) 62-63.