If a tree falls saturation

if a tree falls,

and no one hears,

does it even make a sound?

Of course it makes a sound. Doesn’t it? Of course. Just because no one is there to hear it doesn’t negate the fact that it would make a thunderous crash to the ground. The effects would be felt and the impact would be made. Wouldn’t it?

I think we’re living in a world where a lot of trees are falling. They are making a sound. Some are dramatically crashing to the ground and causing devastation. Some are falling quietly with little known impact as if they had come and gone, lived and died, and no one noticed. Even though there are people around to hear, they are not being heard.

And they are more than trees. They are people. They are daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, mothers. They are children, teens, and young men and women. They are in our neighborhoods, cities, and across the ocean. “They” are falling and crying out in a world that is overcome with noise and stigma and busyness. It is a world that is often unaware and deaf to the sound of their cries, ignorant to the fact that their world even exists. And that they are falling.

And…Who are “they”? I am writing concerning the plight of human trafficking victims. Girls and boys, men and women involved in the sex trafficking industry which has swept cities, countries, and the intangible world of the media.

Until about a year ago, I didn’t have ‘ears to hear’. Not about this issue. I thought I knew to some extent of the realities of the sex trafficking industry.I’d prayed for victims, read stories, but it was way out there in a ‘forest’, if you will, far, far away. I didn’t go there. I didn’t tune in. It was as though I knew that forest existed, but kept myself at a safe distance. Deaf. Little children involved in unspeakable acts? Wasn’t something I wanted to spend my time thinking about. But for some reason,I felt a pull to learn more and to get involved. I read the book “God in a Brothel” by Daniel Walker. I read Laura Parker’s Blog, and learned more about the organization that she and her husband Matt had formed, The Exodus Road (https://www.theexodusroad.com/). Somehow, my ‘ears to hear’ were more tuned in and I found myself wanting to help…in whatever small ways that I could, and praying for those who were on the front lines… witnessing, hearing, those ‘trees falling’ so to speak.

And what can I do? Well, my first thing is to take this ‘unspeakable’ issue, and speak it. Call it what it is. It is dark. It is sin. It is devastating. It is a reality. It is difficult to come face to face with the realities of what human beings can do to one another for a sum, a thrill, a moment in time. But if we don’t speak it, it won’t be heard. And the cries of those caught up in this tragic underground world, their stories need to be heard. Knowledge is power. So is awareness. Child pornography and prostitution, children being abducted and used, these are the unspeakable issues that need to be brought into the Light.

I love the verse that says, “The Light shines in the Darkness and the Darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) Human trafficking is about as dark as one can imagine. The contrast, the beauty of Light entering into this world is an amazing thing. There is hope for those entrapped in this world, but it needs to be brought from the outside in. Someone needs to enter in…to shine the light in the darkness, to see the hidden, and hear the unheard.

The Exodus Road isn’t just an organization that hears, they are truly one that runs to the front lines. This is an organization which is committed to literally going in and rescuing those living, breathing, falling, dying in this hidden world of human trafficking. They are shining light, both literally, and spiritually in a dark world. And lives are being rescued, and changed.

Jesus talked about having “ears to hear”. It didn’t matter how much He spoke or preached until there was a readiness to hear, an openness to listen with more than mere ears. Well, I’m hoping that more can have ears to hear. That we could truly be bending our ear to hear the “trees falling”. That we’d put ourselves in situations in which we don’t shrink back from involvement in difficult things, but boldly address the needs and our possible role in making a difference.

So…back to the question.

If a tree falls,

and no one hears,

does it even make a sound?

Of course it makes a sound. Doesn’t it? Of course. Just because no one is there to hear it doesn’t negate the fact that it would make a thunderous crash to the ground. The effects would be felt and the impact would be made. Wouldn’t it?

My answer is “Yes”. I believe it makes a sound. But in order to be heard…there need to be ears to hear.

I’m finally listening.

Here are a few statistics regarding human trafficking :

•27 million modern day slaves
•Every 60 seconds, a child is sold for sex worldwide
•Human trafficking is the 3rd largest global industry, behind drugs and guns.

Maybe those three facts are enough to process for one night…

Blessings,
Heather

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