(Patricia Day, firstname.lastname@example.org, Used by Permission)
Recently, I was trying very hard to concentrate on reading my Bible passages for the day – but there was a black squirrel outside in the garden, racing up and down the trees loudly admonishing and protesting some unseen adversary. Despite my telling it to be quiet (as if it understands!) and loudly ‘shushing’ it – it continues with its’ noisy protesting, oblivious to any scolding from me; which was actually very frustrating. My protestations fell upon deaf ears!
I am fairly certain that many times, we behave in much the same way when God is attempting to get our attention – all those times we are crazily running around doing what we feel needs to be done; when we’re voicing opinions where none are really wanted (or needed). I can almost hear God trying to ‘shush’ us and have us listen to Him, instead of wearing ourselves out with what we perceive as necessary ‘busy-ness’ and activity which, to all intents and purposes achieves nothing of particular value. Sadly, His calls often fall upon (our) deaf ears too.
Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel. (Exodus 18:19, NKJV)
I’m thinking now, that this distraction was meant to get my attention – because now that I’ve completed writing this – the squirrel noise has stopped and it has vanished!!
OK – Lord, I heard you.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the many times you attempt to get our attention – thank you for persevering even though we can often suffer from ‘selective hearing’ and continue doing what we think is most important; when really and truly You are. Amen.