Christian Devotions

Attention

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. Psalm 19:1,2

Friend-husband loves asking me “Notice anything different?” He may have trimmed the roses or gotten a hair cut. But he loves this guessing game.

On the other hand, I am so result focused, that I don’t look around me with a discerning eye for the peripherals. When I’m on my way home, I don’t study the yard to see if the pampas grass is newly trimmed. I’m focused on opening the garage door and not forgetting any of the things I need to take out of the car.

In our world today, this tunnel vision on the task is generally approved as a means of getting things done. “Stay on task” is the watchword.

How much do we miss with this tunnel vision?

Around our Sunday School table last Sunday, our instructor stopped in the middle of the lesson and asked if anyone noticed anything different.  I was seated at the perfect angle to see the glass cardinal she had added.

She and a companion regularly walk a local walking path for conversation, contemplation, exercise and prayer. And invariably they are accompanied by a cardinal.  The other day, she was disturbed and went to the walking path alone. She was occupied with her thoughts and made the circuit in record time. On telling her companion about this walk, the companion asked “Did you see our cardinal.”

Sheepishly she answered “I wasn’t looking.”

How much do we miss by not looking?

Is it possible to stay on task and still pay attention to the things around us?

Father, God,

Help us to see the details in which You reveal Yourself. Keep us from being so earthly minded we are no heavenly good.  And keep us from being so heavenly minded we are no earthly good. Grant that we may be well balanced at all times.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Amen.

 

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