If you’re a parent, you’ve seen these faces before. They are most likely planted in a “device” as the carpool kids call it — ipad, iphone, tablet, blah blah blah. My son LOVES Minecraft and he builds some pretty amazing things on that game. But there’s a problem with it all. No matter what else is happening, all he sees is that screen. I can holler “dinner is ready!” and get a weak response of “k, just a minute!” I can holler “the cookies are done!” … same response. I could scream “FIRE!” just as a test — but that would just be mean (and sorta funny, I mean … yes, what a terrible thing to do to your child).
It’s annoying isn’t it? To be ignored? It can be downright maddening.
So I wonder how God feels when I make my schedule all nice and neat in my calendar app, make a to-do list on my February pad of paper (OCD jokes are welcome — I agree, it’s funny…. but it IS February so let’s use the correct pad of paper mmmkay?), and then it happens.
- A friend texts and asks if we can have coffee so we can talk about real life stuff that’s happening. So I check my calendar.
- I experience something or feel something and I immediately have a blog post idea in my head so I jot it down — and forget about it.
- My husband walks in the door from work and tries to tell me about his day, and I am completely consumed with trying to knock out every last item on that to-do list (you know, the February one!).
I wonder how many times God has gotten really excited and hollered “FRESH COOKIES!” and I completely ignore Him because I’m so focused on my device/list/agenda.
I wish you could get the full effect of my cursor sitting here blinking at me for the past 4 minutes while I re-read that last sentence over and over and over again. It makes me feel ashamed. I mean, didn’t I just learn this lesson? Haven’t I already gone through this obstacle course and realized that God’s way is always better in the long run? So how did this happen again? How did I get so busy with things that don’t matter in the end?
I don’t know.
But I did.
And He’s been hollering at me but I had my headphones on so I could watch Heartland on Netflix while I sewed.
So now what?
Well, that February pad of paper needs to go because it’s filled with things that *I* want to accomplish and zero things that God wants me to accomplish. And it’s time to get back into prayer and let Him guide me.
In the 4th chapter of Esther, I love this line of scripture, “Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for such a time as this?” Mordecai basically said, “Yo, this is going to be dangerous and isn’t exactly what YOU had planned — but what if this is exactly what GOD had planned for you? What if He made you queen for such a time as this?!?!?!”
So my question for you today is — What has God perfectly positioned you for at this moment in your life, but instead of saying “pray for me, because I’m ALL IN” like Esther did, you’re hollering “k… just a minute!” from your place of comfort?
Chance are you know what “it” is. So on the count of three, let’s crumple up the lists on the February pad of paper.
1, 2, …. NO, you cannot copy it into your phone first! … 3!