DayBreaks for 2/08/18: Trying to Get Our Attention
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2008:
Have you ever known someone (maybe it was you!) that felt that God was trying to whisper something to you in order to get your attention? I’ve met quite a few people who have had that experience, and I’ve had it myself. I’ve felt that God was trying to get my attention so he could tell me what it was that he wanted me to do. And that’s not bad – we should have “ears to hear” and be sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit so we can discern when God is speaking to us and what it is that he wants us to do.
But perhaps we’re making too many assumptions when we say, “I think God is trying to tell me something – I believe there’s something He wants me to do.” It is important that we consider another possibility: perhaps God is just trying to get our attention, period. He may not have something that he wants us to do. It may be that its been so long since we just sat quietly at his feet and reflected on Who and What He Is. Certainly, if God wants something done, He can get it done – with or without our cooperation.
I know that when my kids come home for a visit that I’m not interested in all the things that they can do for me while they’re here. I don’t have a list of projects stuck on the refrigerator for each of them. What I want when they come home is to be able to spend time with them, to share moments in time that will never come again, to reconnect and re-affirm. I think more often than not, when we feel God is trying to get our attention, it’s not because He has something for us to do – it’s because he wants that connection with us, that closeness that is not there when we’re “gone”.
Give him your attention today – and every day. Even if it’s just for a few minutes. It’ll change your entire day!
PRAYER: Mighty God, thank you that you so desperately desire our attention. Help us to welcome yours! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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