Inundated

Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
2 both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle: Psalm 49:1-4

How often have you been doing one thing and someone starts talking to you but you’re not really paying attention? More often than I’d like I’m afraid. We get so wrapped up in the moment that when something else comes along to interrupt, we don’t want to break away. Then we mindlessly mutter something that may or may not relate to the person’s comments.

In this seemingly insignificant passage, the point of all four verses is clear: pay attention! What follows is important.

What does it take for God to get your attention? Is it a quick reading of Scripture that “quickens” your heart or something more drastic. Often it’s a catastrophic event or a tragedy. We “wake up” and realize that God has been trying to get our attention all along if we had been following the clues.

Part of our inability to hear that voice is focus, i.e., we’re focused on the wrong thing. We get sidetracked. Interesting, even as I wrote this post about focus, I had done three different things before finishing the post!

Slow down.

Listen.

Listen carefully.

Enjoy the ride and don’t forget what’s important.

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