This week's Gospel lesson, in John 18, is the trial with Pilate. Pilate is trying to understand what is happening with this particular prisoner. He is asking questions, of Jesus, trying to understand "king." Pilate is not really understanding and asks one final question "what is truth" but then doesn't wait for the answer -- he walks away. IF he had let Jesus answer it would have been "I am" like in John 14:6.
The reading, this week, in "Surprise the World" is also about listening for/to God. The Scripture is Revelation 3:19-22 which is also about listening -- for what God, through the Holy Spirit, is saying to each of us. The reading, chapter 5, brings up a couple of reasons for "not" listening -- one being we are a little fearful of the answer. We, like last week, are resistant to (putting off?) what God is asking us to do -- like "listen" to/for what others are asking or talking about because of the changes that might have to happen.
So it raises the question(s) - are we, like Pilate, walking away? In this "microwave" world we live in do we expect an answer faster? Can we give ourselves more time to listen, and understand, God? Can we give ourselves time to listen to what other people are saying/talking about? Can we try to understand AND show God's love not only while we are listening but also in in any changes that might happen?