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Topic: Accent (02/21/13)
TITLE: May I have your attention please?
By Janet Kelly
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When my children were small and I needed to get their attention sometimes I would put a strong emphasis on a word or words. For example, I might say, “Go clean your room NOW!” The accentuated word of course would be “now”. If we are driving and we hear a siren approaching that certainly gets our attention and we hope those lights are not meant for us!
I tend to get so busy with life that I don't always listen to what God is trying to tell me or what He wants me to know. God's Word tells us that He has a plan for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” But sometimes God just has to slow us down, to reach down and get our attention so we can focus on what He is trying to tell us.
So how does God get my attention? One way is by causing me to have vague feelings of restlessness about nothing in particular. I have learned that when those feelings start to build up inside me God is about to make a change in my life. God has something He wants me to do or something that He wants for me to hear.
Another way God gets my attention is by wrapping me in the blanket of His peace. Sometimes I don't know why, but I feel His assurance that everything is going to be OK and no matter what happens I will be able to handle it. I remember a time when this happened in my life and I knew with a certainty that it was God's peace. I wasn't in a crisis, everything seemed to be going smoothly, but God showered me with His peace. A few days later I found out that my mom was going to need triple by-pass heart surgery. God's sweet peace had come to let me know that it would be OK.
Sometimes God gets my attention by making His Word come alive to me. It may be a passage I have read many many times before, but it is as if I am reading them for the very first time. Sometimes it is a verse I do not remember ever having read before, but suddenly there it is. God has something He is wanting to tell me in this verse.
One of my favorite verses comes from I Kings 19:11b & 12 (KJV), “But the Lord was not in the wind and after th e wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a still small voice.” Sometimes God just whispers softly to me and quiets me enough to get my attention. In the book of Samuel I am reminded of God getting Samuel's attention by a small, still voice, I Samuel 3:4 (KJV), “Then the Lord called Samuel and he answered, Here am I.”
God speaks to me in many ways. I sometimes have to be called to attention long enough to listen to what God's message is saying to me.
Don't be too distracted on this journey of life, there may be something God wants you to hear. He may be saying to you today, “May I have your attention?”
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