REPOST: “Taking Notice”

My 17 year old son, Nathan, wrote a blog post recently.

It was so insightful, I had to repost in my blog.

Here it is…

The world moves fast. Everything seems to be a blur nowadays as everyone focuses on the now. Today’s lifestyle is high-speed, fast-paced and on-demand. It’s hectic and busy and hard to keep up with at times.

This pace has a way of leading our focus away from the tiny, everyday things we get so used to. We start to neglect these seemingly unimportant things because we’re already familiar with them.

But sometimes, taking time to notice little, ordinary things can bring about great, extraordinary wonders.

In the third chapter of Exodus, we find a Hebrew fugitive tending the flock of his father-in-law. He led the flock far into the desert, where the heat was so intense that bush fires weren’t unusual. This guy, called Moses, was probably busy thinking about the food back home or the rest he would soon have or getting under some shade because it was so hot. There were probably times a sheep or two would stray off and he would have to look for them and bring them back to the flock. I’d bet he wasn’t having the time of his life. Shepherding far into the desert isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

When Moses and the flock came to Sinai, or the mountain of God, he decided to stop and take notice of a burning bush for some strange reason. Think of a fisherman taking notice of a coral or a farmer taking notice of a rock on his field. It’s unusual seeing someone taking notice of something usual.

But Moses saw that the bush wasn’t burning up like all burning bushes do, so he went nearer to take a closer look, perhaps expecting a miracle or something amazing. Instead, he encountered something more unique than he had ever imagined. He encountered the living God and interacted with him, and Moses was left changed forever.

Sometimes, taking time to notice little, ordinary things can bring about great, extraordinary wonders.

In our busy, fast-paced lives, it’s not easy to take time to pay attention. But like Moses, we often encounter God in the most refreshing ways when we take notice of what’s going on around us, especially stuff we often neglect: people, situations, little blessings, quiet moments, creation, so on.

Remember that amazing things can come out of simply paying attention and listening for God’s voice, even in the most ordinary of places.

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