Today's Devotional Thought
August 15, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Thanks for Listening
"Thanks for listening."
That is all he said at the end of our conversation. I wasn't exactly sure why he was telling me everything he was telling me. I was his college professor, not his friend or counselor or parent. In fact, as I listened to what he was dealing with, I realized that there was really nothing I could do to help and I wasn't even sure what I was supposed to say. I told him that I was sorry that he was dealing with the issue and he then said to me, "Thanks for listening. I know you can't really do anything, but I'm glad you listened."
It broke my heart. I knew he didn't have a lot of friends. He might not have had any. He even told me he tried to bring it up to someone else and they coldly said to him, "Well, what do you want me to do?"
I could have answered that question...he just wanted someone to listen. Someone to hear how his heart was hurting. Someone to care.
I can tell you that I really didn't offer anything constructive to help in his situation. And, I don't really think I even said much of anything in the conversation. But, he left satisfied and even started coming up with his own ideas of how he was going to handle it. And I left the situation so convicted that sometimes, all we need to do is listen.
I think so often people come to us to talk just so that someone on this side of Heaven feels their pain. They don't want answers. They don't want solutions. They don't want recommendations. They just want to be loved and heard.
The next time someone comes to you and starts sharing, say a quick prayer that God would show you if you are being called to offer solutions or to just listen. Sometimes, we just can't fix it. But we always can feel it.
Feel today...don't fix. Just feel.