Sometimes, I get distracted. I used to be really good at multi-tasking. I could study for 2 tests with both books open read from one then the other, work on homework for yet another class, watch a TV show and carry on a conversation. Not missing much. Well, maybe, maybe not. Yet, as I become a more seasoned person (yeah, that’s a nicer way of saying older, I have a hard time admitting I am aging, (yeah, I have jokes, I like’em even if no one else gets a chuckle.)) But, sadly, there is truth in the decreased ability to do multiple things at a time. To be brutally honest with myself, sometimes I have difficulty doing one thing at a time, I see the squirrel. You know, doing something and then suddenly, out of the corner of my eye…..SQUIRREL. At times I will be trying to read something, looking on the internet or reading a book, whatever, and the TV is on so I am sorta watching a movie or something. I get distracted by something on the computer and hear a little something of the dialogue from the TV that catches my attention. Then get that feeling that I just missed something that will be very important as the plot unfolds so I rewind to see what I missed. Many times, I was correct and it was a little tidbit that puts everything together. Thankfully, the rewind is there if I need it.
Then, I sometimes think how that relates to real life. So many times I realize a little too late I missed something in a conversation, or while driving, missed a road sign showing what exit I needed or that tells me the road is closed ahead. Any number of things. When I miss those signs and get into a position where I am confused because I don’t have a key piece of information, I get lost in an unfamiliar area, I get to the stretch of road and the point at which it is closed and have to turn around to find the detour. Sometimes, the detours take longer, more complicated, rougher roads. I get irritated because I wasn’t paying attention. Other times, the unplanned part of the trip, the detours, while maybe taking longer than planned, ends up being the best part of the trip. Makes me think that about times He takes me off the course I planned to teach me something. Show me something I would have missed otherwise. Or, at times, because I wasn’t listening carefully enough initially, He wants me to have time to get my thoughts and mind back where it should have been all along. I suppose, sometimes God does with us like He did with Israel and makes us wander in the wilderness before getting to whatever promised land lies waiting for us. To teach us patience, give us better understanding. Yeah, sometimes, we can rewind and get back on track easily, other times, practically have to go all the way back to the start or hit the pause button for a prolonged period before getting back where we were supposed to be all along.
And the LORD’S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed. Numbers 32:13
Thankfully, through Christ, we have an easier way than Israel. We can ask forgiveness and, even better than a rewind, we get to have a whole, new beginning.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
How can we be new creatures and not have a new life, a new beginning. God is so much better to me than I deserve. Thank you Christ for standing that gap, for not just letting me rewind, but to erase the past and make me a new man for your sake.
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
There have been times I thought I felt He was trying to tell me something, trying to work in my heart, trying to lead me, help me, protect me. But, I didn’t recognize it immediately. Now, if I were sensitive enough to His voice, I wouldn’t need a rewind. Sadly, being a human as I am, that button gets used often, very often. Making sure try to listen to him….well, recently it gets used lots.
Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. Deuteronomy 4:10
Yeah, if I listened better, I wouldn’t have to rewind to hear Him.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
Sometimes, I hear Him easily, like someone POUNDING on the door and other times, a small tap, only barely perceptible, making me stop, strain to hear what I thought, but wasn’t sure I heard. I have to say, I suspect far more it was me NOT really listening when the knocking seemed faint. Christ did not change, it was my willingness to hear Him.
Thankfully, God gives a rewind of sorts. He may not allow us to completely rewind and have a total do-over, but He does pretty much do that by forgiving us and making us new creatures, wiping the slate clean (Hmmm, now thinking about an analogy about chalkboards.) He forgives us our sins and THAT is the greatest Do-over, EVER!
Lord, I praise you for your majesty, glory and mercy. That you keep knocking until I am receptive, never giving up on me, remaining faithful to me and trying to draw me to you when I turned deaf ear to you or let other things distract me when I should have been listening to Jesus. I ask you to continue to help me improve my spiritual understanding, that you help me focus my attention on you. I ask you to work in the lives of those I love that they may be more receptive, more attentive, to YOUR will in their lives. Praise you Jesus for the sacrifice you made for us.
Thank you for bearing with my ramblings. I know that by thinking through things, looking to the scripture for instruction and trying to get my mind more like the mind of Christ I understand better. I become a better person. I hope the words and thoughts are helpful to someone else out there. Please, share as you feel He tells you to share.