Readings: Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2, Luke 24:46-49
Have you ever been in a crowded place and try to get someone’s attention from across the room, maybe waving and yelling their name? Have you been in a quiet place trying to catch someone’s eye without making any noise? We recently had to lock Naughty Cat and her brother in a bathroom when people were over, and her brother did a naughty thing to get our attention - he shredded the toilet paper roll and placed it strategically in his food and water bowls. He expressed his displeasure regarding his temporary situation. God does plenty of things to get our attention. In a crowded or busy place, He might fill us with unexpected peace. In a quiet place, He might let us hear a bird singing or words we read “jump off the page” into our hearts in a way only He can orchestrate. In those temporary situations where we may feel trapped and displeased, and we just might be tempted to shred something within our reach, He might have our friend call with an encouraging message or we may hear our favorite song on the radio. Isn’t it almost beyond belief that our patient God would do anything at all to get our attention - when He’s commanded us to keep our attention on Him and we don’t?
To keep with the cat theme, there’s the business of shredding to note. There’s some danger in putting shredded paper in the food and water bowl…it blocks the nourishment provided by the master. We have to look carefully at what we are tempted to shred to get someone’s attention. Should we risk limiting the Lord’s nourishment by shredding our reputation to get a certain person’s attention, or compromise our work ethic to gain attention at work? What about when a family member says the wrong thing, while we are upset about many other things, and the enemy tempts us to regain the center of attention by shredding their feelings? Don’t think the enemy won’t tempt you to shred something to get someone’s attention. And don’t think the Lord will ever give up on you, even if you do shred something. In the Luke 24 reading Jesus tells us, “The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations…” Repentance and forgiveness for you and for me. Alleluia! May the Holy Spirit keep us walking faithfully with the Lord. I pray if we get out of step, He will open our eyes to the truth as He says, “You always have My attention, Child. If there’s something to shred, I’ll show you what it might be: pride, envy, selfish ambition, impurity, laziness, fear. You have My attention. Do I have yours?” Endeavoring with you to keep my attention on Jesus, Tracy Grindle