This is part non-sequitur, part quasi-funny anecdote and part riddle — and it’s a true story, too:
A high school soccer coach was doubling as the van driver — common enough at a small private school — and driving her team to an away game, when she cried out: “Be quiet, I can’t see!”
What could be the reason for such a strange statement?
“Sit down, I can’t see” — that makes sense. Or: “Move your head, I can’t see.”
But … “Be quiet, I can’t see” — huh?
Spoiler alert — if you want to ponder the riddle, hold off on reading the rest of this post…
At one point, the coach was backing up the van while listening to a player in the rear seat who was communicating how much maneuvering room the van had available. Since some players were talking noisily, the coach called out, “Be quiet, I can’t see!”
Without missing a beat, one player replied: “Coach, turn the light on, I can’t hear!”
P.S. How does this story shed light on a key factor to consider when we don’t understand verbal or written communication? Especially before we dismiss something we don’t comprehend — something that doesn’t make sense to us — as nonsense.
Could the communication glimpse this story gives help us in our relationships? Including the one that is said to be of utmost importance — the relationship with our Creator and His means of communicating with us?