Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. [Isaiah 55:3a (NLT)]
The gardeners in our community always stop running their mowers, weed whips and leaf blowers whenever someone passes and we walkers appreciate not having grass clippings and yard debris blown into our faces. Yesterday, I noticed that nearly all of them check their cell phones during that short break in their work. Today, as I waited in the car while my husband pumped gas, the first thing I did was reach into my purse to check my iPhone. Had I missed anything in the world since last I’d looked? I will venture a guess that most people are like the gardeners and me—they check their phones during those brief pauses that occur throughout the day. Hopefully, they resist the urge to check them while at a red light but I see plenty of drivers who do!
It’s not just our cell phones—it’s our computers and tablets as well. Most of us frequently check our email, social media, the stock market or weather reports, the latest video on YouTube, or even the eaglets’ progress in the eagle cam. Then, as soon as we return home, we check the voice mail and caller ID in case we’ve missed anyone’s call. Are we ever so diligent about checking with God to see if He’s got a message for us?
In those brief moments of quiet that occur throughout the day, what if we didn’t check our computers, pick up our phones or, worse, the remote to see what’s on TV? Most likely, nothing that important has transpired since last we looked! What if we took those moments to check in with God? If He has nothing to say to us, we could always take those precious seconds to send him a thank you for the little blessings of the day or shoot out a prayer for a friend, co-worker, or that person who is texting while driving. If nothing else, we can take a deep breath, be still and know that He is God.
Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world. [Psalm 46:10 (NLT)]
Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” [Psalm 46: 10 (MSG)]
And what did I do after putting this devotion in my “To Post” folder? You guessed it, rather than thanking God, I checked my email!