“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.” Psalm 19:1-4a (NLT)
Attention Getting Device
My best friend stood in front of the class—note cards in hand ready to give her speech. “Over the years, I have changed the way I made my ‘P’ ”, she said confidently and plainly.
There was a long pause. No one was sure what statement would come next.
Reading it isn’t the same as hearing it. This was my friend’s attention-getting device—the first sentence of her speech. I snickered; I knew she was talking about writing her last name, which began with the letter “P”. It was effective, at that moment no one thought they were about to hear a speech about handwriting analysis but everyone was listening.
I’ve never heard God speak to me in an audible voice. I believe it happens—scripture records a number of accounts in which individual people heard God’s voice. God has spoken to me in various ways at different times. God speaks to each believer in some way. God has a huge repertoire of attention-getting devices.
From time to time, a surgeon or patient will holler “NURSE!” At home, Terry calls out, “Rachel!” and Ozzy shouts “Woof!” Throughout the day, there are: phones with alarms, pagers, calendars, flashing lights, sirens, street signs, crying babies, screeching tires, painful joints, and red wounds. In the course of a day, thousands of things vie for our attention, alert us to harm, signal a time of rest or a place of protection, warn us, and remind us.
Getting Our Attention
God uses many things to get our attention, as well. David wrote that nature speaks and proclaims God’s glory without a word. The 4 verses of today’s passage give me goose bumps. God’s message goes thought out the world without a spoken word. Look for the different ways and things God uses to get your attention. Take a moment and think of a time when God astounded you. Recall a time when God tapped you on the shoulder, gave you a gentle nudge, or, if you’re like me, figuratively shoved you to get your attention.
If those events seem odd to you or you can’t recall one moment when God spoke to you in some way, look in God’s word- he shares His attention getting devices throughout scripture.
He’s waiting to be known. He’s trying desperately to have your complete attention. God is not content to be far from the ones He loves. His holiness lives in the mundane. Once you catch a glimpse, I promise, you’ll find Him everywhere.
Father, thank you for seeking me out. I’m so glad you are not a distant, unattached God—but one that longs for a relationship with me. Open my eyes to see You. Tune my ears to Your voice. Broaden my horizons to see Your display of glory in my everyday life.