I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with loved ones! I took the week off to spend with family up north, which included my daughter and her three children. In the back of my mind I kept the thought that I might write something, but because my grandchildren are 8, 4, and 2 – that is what it remained, a thought. There was certainly never a dull moment. I loved every moment being with them! We had a slumber party every night! As I journeyed back home yesterday I thought of my youngest grandson, who is two, and thought if only I had an ounce of his energy! That little one would jump out of bed in the morning, run downstairs, run to the table to get his breakfast, and then continue to run to each location in the house. It seemed the only time he didn’t run was when we were in the car, and he was buckled in his seat. However, I’d look back and he would be kicking his feet, as if running in place, while sitting. A couple of times he’d be running around the house and my daughter, his mommy, would walk in and he’d run right by her not even noticing her. Until she would call his name, and sometimes twice. At that he would then turn, and run to her. Realize his efforts are in an attempt to keep up with his older siblings. If you have little ones in your house you may be very familiar with the scene. It may play out like that every day for you. The energy your little ones possess could supply enough power to light Chevy Chase’s house in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.
My mind painted the picture of my life, as I picture my grandson running past his mommy in an effort to keep up, so caught up in going his own way, enjoying the path his little feet have him on moving towards whatever was in his sights. Whether it was one of his toys, his siblings’ toys, or something he was not supposed to have, but for a moment thought if he moved fast enough he could get his hands on it for a moment. Do I run that fast in my own life in an effort to reach some goal I’ve set, to obtain something I’ve set my sights on, that I miss my own Heavenly Father as he stands and calls my name. Do I run right past Him, and then he has to call my name again? Or remove things from me in an effort to get my attention? Your author would like to say, “Oh no. I see Him there every time, see his hand, his activity, and hear his voice. I’d like to say “I am so in tune and step with God that I stop whatever I’m doing and give Him his praises due.” However, that is not always the case. I may not be two anymore, but at times I still possess the attention span with the desire to set my feet to my own plan, and head out full steam ahead. Can anyone relate with me? Am I the only one that can get caught up in running so fast in life that we miss the moment He walks in, and calls our name?
Often I found myself, along with his mommy, saying slow down or you will miss it. The “it” being whatever we had put out or were trying to show him while out and about. Sometimes he’d see it and other times not at all and we’d give up. Again, I wonder, do I do that? Will I get to heaven and playing on the big screen will be the things God was trying to show me, but I was too wound up and focused on my own things I missed it? I fear it will. All I ask is sympathize with me when that happens. Share your popcorn with me because I might spill mine at the shock. With Christmas only three weeks away, the days will get busier with parties, decorating, shopping, mailing cards, sending e-cards, wrapping, and baking, yet as we run through the days, let us remember to slow down or we will miss it.
There was another that was so busy, and caught up in her own to-do list that she complained to Jesus she needed help. You may already know who I am talking about – Martha. I imagine when Martha was little she was probably very much like my youngest grandson, and like many of your grandchildren full of energy, and never sat still. This trait must have carried on into her adult years so much so that she is mentioned in Luke chapter ten as being distracted by all the preparations. (Lk. 10:38-42) I’ve read that story many times and heard variations of its interpretations each time thinking – not me if Jesus was sitting right in my house I would slow down and listen to Him. However, I’m sure it would be the opposite. I would race around trying to get things done in an attempt to sit and listen for a while. But what happens when we do that? By the time we actually get to sit down we are so exhausted – we fall asleep. At least I do.
If we listen to what Jesus is saying to Martha when he says “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Lk. 10: 41-42 NIV. Instead of getting out of bed, and running around with my to-do list all day we can take our example from Mary (Martha’s sister). Mary recognized what was important. It was listening to The One that gave peace, hope, and rest. Luke tells us “Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.” Lk. 10:39 NIV. If we are running full speed ahead how will we hear what He says when He speaks to us? Better yet, would we even see Him coming before He spoke? Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Rev. 3:20 NIV. As the day comes to a close tomorrow may we remember to slow down, or we’ll miss it.
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