When I write, I want my words to be agents of change, causing my reader to re-think at least one aspect of their lives, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. A long time ago in math class I learned that even the tiniest change in the direction of a vector (in this case, the path of our lives), will result in a much different endpoint or destination the further it is from the original location.
Every time we make a small adjustment in our lives, whether good or bad, it results in a significant change one, five, and even ten years down the road. And likewise, when we don’t make any changes, we shouldn’t expect anything to be different about us in the future.
When I first started writing, I would pray as soon as I sat down at my laptop – full of nerves, before proceeding to tell my story. But the more I write, the more confident I’ve become in my own abilities. The other day I was writing and realized that I forgot to pray first.
I NEVER want to write without inspiration from God, so when I realized my misstep, I immediately closed my eyes to pray and asked for guidance and anointing as I wrote, since only He knows the change that can result from my writing.
As I prayed, I smiled because I knew that I had immediate and instant access to God. I didn’t have to wait until He was ready for me to talk to Him. I didn’t have to stand in line while He was answering someone else’s prayer or take a number and wait for my turn. He was right there, waiting on me. I had immediate VIP access to His throne and His ear.
Now, how many times have I taken that for granted? For a long time I didn’t realize the extreme privilege of being able to talk to God any time I wanted and knowing that He is focused directly on me – my words, my heart, and my desires – and He intentionally hears me.
I’m not just saying words and hoping it gets to Him. I have His immediate attention as soon as I call His name. Now where else can I get that kind of response? Certainly not from my husband, kids, or friends. And if I’m being honest, I don’t give that kind of attention to them either. If I’m being completely and brutally honest, I don’t even return that kind of attention back to God.
Yep, there’s been times that I’ve felt Him leading me to do or say something, and I put Him on hold, as I felt the need to think through what I was being led to do. But I’m definitely working on responding with little to no hesitation when I feel Him leading me to do something.
It’s pretty embarrassing to admit it, but my phone does get a majority of my attention.
I’m sure this is a pretty common scene with parents: our kids call us, and we are busy on the phone and tell them to hold on until we are done what we are doing. Or maybe we keep our eyes on the phone while they’re talking to us, giving them our half-hearted attention?
What if we had to wait until God finished scrolling through Facebook or Instagram before He gave us His attention? Or until He finished His round of Candy Crush before turning His eyes to us? Or if He had to finish that episode of the Netflix series He was binging before answering our prayers?
Well, that’s something we will never have to worry about.
In Psalms 121 we learn…
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, not the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
What a reassuring reminder! We don’t have to wait until He gets off the phone or wakes up from His nap. We don’t have to follow a certain routine or perform a ritual to get Him to notice us. God is always watching over us and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
It really is a privilege and an honor to have that kind of attention. Go ahead and utilize your direct connection to God often. He is standing by right now waiting to hear from you! What do you need to tell Him?
Make a small change today by talking to God regularly. Do it for your future self.
When you pray, do you hope God hears you, or are you confident that His ear is dedicated to your voice, and He hears every word that you say?
Parents – how can we become more like God when responding to our kids? Are you putting down the phone or any distractions when they engage you to talk? Do they have your undivided attention?
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