Some lines in the Bible crack me up. Case in point:
- They were still looking for a different kind of savior. They didn’t know Jesus’ purpose and they were stuck on their own agenda.
- They hadn’t honed their minds to think spiritually yet. They saw the physical, heard Jesus’ parables, and had a hard time connecting the dots. They weren’t thinking deeply enough.
- They weren’t taking it all in. Perhaps they were even taking a lot of what Jesus did for granted. They hadn’t yet meditated on it, pondered it.
- And obviously they didn’t have the Holy Spirit to help them perceive truth.
Well I have the Holy Spirit living within me, but I still miss a lot of what Jesus is trying to teach me for the very same reasons.
- I get focused on my own agenda instead of God’s. I forget that He is not so much concerned with my happiness, comfort, and success as He is about my becoming more Christlike. Huge difference.
- I neglect to think. Period. I don’t take the time to ask for wisdom, seek truth, or pray about things. Instead I go with the quick fix, the easy answer, the visibly obvious solution. I too don’t think deeply enough.
- And quite often I get so busy with the everyday stuff that I forget to spend time meditating on God’s Word, contemplating what He’s doing in my life, or noticing what He’s doing around me. I take His goodness and provision for granted and don’t thank Him for it or record it in my memory.
But I don’t want to be clueless. I don’t want to be a remedial student. I want to get it. I want to see God at work around me, grasp what He’s teaching me, remember what He’s shown me, walk consistently with Him, and even be able to pass it all on to others.
And so today I’m trying to sit up and take notice. I’m sitting at the front of the classroom so I won’t be distracted by the stuff on the walls of my life. And I’m putting my thinking cap on. (Remember doing that in elementary school?)
I’m paying attention because I want to get it.