It turns out that if you give God some time out of your day, He’ll talk to ya. Who knew? I see blessed older women with beautiful well-smiled faces raising their hands out in the imaginary crowd…
I stand, ok, mainly sit, in awe of our God and how He is not only willing, but enthusiastic about talking to US! He gives insight, epiphanies, wisdom, decision-making abilities, all of these for no cost at all. But wait! There’s more! How does He get a word in edgewise if our minds are constantly consumed? And what is it that consumes our minds? I don’t know what it is for you (I can guess, but it’s no fun without you telling me I’m right or wrong.)
For me, it was the TV. So, I turned it off. Seems so simple right? Try it. I’m sure it’s difficult for others (please comment on this post to let me know I’m not alone.) Besides turning it on for awhile for my daughter to watch, it remained off. A deep, dark, black abyss that seemed to speak to me. (ok, I understand that I may be alone in this.) “The remote’s right there. That premiere show you wanted to see is on in 10 minutes. Don’t you wanna see what Paula Deen needs prayer for these days? How will you know who’s going to be the next Food Network star? What ELSE are you going to do tonight?”
Well, I’ll tell ya, big black square: I’m gonna spend some time reading what God wants me to and asking Him some questions instead of just sitting around wondering. I’m gonna delve into that book about the Holy Spirit and getting to know Him as a person and a friend. I’m gonna read and sit and pray and laugh, yes laugh, with God Almighty. (That was oh-so-much more fantastic than getting angry so many times in an hour-long segment at imaginary characters.) TV plays with our emotions. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t be so reluctant to press that OFF button on the remote. We get used to that up…down…up…down…motion of our emotion ocean….sorry, got carried away with the word play. But honestly, don’t we get sucked in? I don’t think we even realize how much we do. Like I said, try it. Tell yourself that you’re not going to watch TV for 3 days and see what happens. Are you distraught? Did you come up with excuses of why that won’t work? Did you lose some sleep? Did you think about the shows (in order) that you’d miss? Did you plan to DVR them so that you could watch them after this “silliness” was over?
Simply put, God misses you. Whether you’re a believer or a beloved who’s strayed, He misses you. Give Him a chance to tell you that instead of checkin’ out who’s cheatin’ who, IF anyone’s bein’ true, who’s havin’ a baby with who and what it’s original, mind-blowing name is, and who’s wearin’ what to which party.
God, we love You today and always. Thanks for bearin’ with us as we sometimes struggle to show it. Clear the way and our minds so that we can focus on You and Your intentions.