Marketing, advertisers, public speakers, websites (!)…all want to get your attention. There is an entire industry based on getting your attention. Yet in our attention deficit culture it is increasingly more difficult to get ears to listen up and give attention to anything, let alone capture anyone’s attention. The struggle for attention challenged ears is also the challenge of attention deficit souls. What does it take to capture the attention of our souls?
Moses spent forty years tending flocks, working, and learning wilderness ways. He was in the middle of an ordinary work day when the Lord got his attention with a fiery phenomenon of something consumed but not consumed. That will get your attention! Shepherd Moses goes to check it out…inquisitively?…incredulously?…maybe just as a curiosity? While he is approaching, his name is called out in recognition by Someone and he responds, giving Someone the consideration of attention. In all of that his attention is still on the phenomena. What is it that captures, rather than gets, his attention? When the speaker identifies Himself as “I Am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob”, we see a great change in Moses’ contemplation. His attention is seized! Moses finally responds not to the marvel but to the Lord, and the response is one of humility, reverence and awe. He was captured.
The ordinary became interesting when there was an attention-getter-unique-sign, but interesting becomes extraordinary-attention-grabber-that captures-the-soul when God is identified in it.
I wonder…in whatever area or type of work I am in…am I trying to attain the consideration of others with interesting attention getters or will I spotlight the Word and facilitate that Word capturing souls? Getting attention or capturing attention?
Blessings To You Who Meander After Moses With Me,
Part 5 from the series “Meandering With Moses”