Attention

 

Woman talking through a megaphone and a man plugging his earsIf I’m in a big room and it’s loud and a bit chaotic and I want to get everyone’s attention, I can yell or whistle and people will often get quiet. It doesn’t do much good to make an announcement to a room full of people who aren’t paying attention.

The trumpet is a pretty loud horn instrument. If I’m anywhere a trumpet that is being played, it’s hard to ignore. It is like the bugle which was used by the US Calvary years ago to signal the troops to charge or retreat.

John is watching and trying to keep all of this written down as to what is happening in this beautiful, unique place he’s in. He is watching as the Lamb opens the seventh seal. Check this out…

1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand in the presence of God; seven trumpets were given to them. (Revelation 8:1-2 CSB)

I can see something big coming. Trumpets are not quiet. I also enjoy silence sometimes. The contrast between silence and a trumpet is several decibels.

The Lord wants the attention of His people. He will do whatever it takes to get our attention. I’m committed to giving the Lord my attention in the quietness of the morning. I love hearing from Him. He doesn’t always whisper, but I feel like His Spirit speaks to me about my day coming up. He directs my steps and gives me insight to make sound decisions. I don’t want Him to ever need to shout for my attention – although He is capable of that for sure.

Come & Listen – David Crowder

Come and listen, come to the water’s edge, all you who know and fear the Lord.
Come and listen, come to the water’s edge all you who are thirsty, come.

Let me tell you what He has done for me.
He has done for you,
He has done for us.

Come and listen,
Come and listen to what He’s done.

Praise our God for He is good.

He has done for me,
He has done for you,
He has done for us.

Come and listen,
Come and listen to what He’s done.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

 

Pay Attention

Listen Vs. Ignore - Toggle SwitchI remember as a kid being told to pay attention. The people telling me this were my parents or my teachers. As a child it is pretty easy to be distracted by many things around. A child can be distracted by a shiny new toy or a butterfly and wander off of the playground. I remember my parents and teachers wanting me to look them squarely in the eye as they spoke to me so that they felt like I was really paying attention. I even fooled them on this occasionally.

As a grown up, I think I still have trouble paying attention. There are always “shiny objects” that catch my attention and divert my action. I’m over the butterflies, but there are so many things that have taken their place. It is important that I pay attention to the important instructions from the Lord. Check this out…

 17 This is what the Lord says –
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
‘I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you what is best for you,
    who directs you in the way you should go.
18 If only you had paid attention to my commands,
    your peace would have been like a river,
    your well-being like the waves of the sea.
19 Your descendants would have been like the sand,
    your children like its numberless grains;
their name would never be blotted out
    nor destroyed from before me.’ (Isaiah 48:17-19 NIV)

 

Paying close attention to the important items of my day really comes down to discipline. I must discipline myself to stay focused on the important tasks at hand. One of my “big distractors” are “urgent tasks” that come my way. If I’m not really careful the “urgent” can squeeze out the “important” tasks. I remember early on as I would start my day by checking my email or starting to work on something prior to spending time in the Word, the important (spending time in the Word) would get pushed down the agenda and often removed from the agenda all together. I want to keep the important things in the most important spots on my agenda. I will simply have to find the time to do the other “urgent” things. I don’t ever want to let the “noise of the activities of my day” crowd out the voice of God directing my important activities.

Pressing On!
Dwayne