Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Do you remember the last time you heard a busy signal on the telephone? I had to think long and hard about that. It’s been a while. Phones don’t work the same as they did just a few years ago.
Nowadays, when someone calls me, and I’m on the other line, it goes straight to my voicemail. When you call a business, you rarely ever get a person when you call, but you never get a busy signal. You’re forced to talk to an Automated System that sounds like a person, but turns out to be less helpful. Many of our young people will go the rest of their lives and never hear that “busy signal” when the party they are trying to reach is unreachable.
I remember sitting beside our home’s phone for hours on end, dialing the same number over and over and over again, in protracted and earnest attempts at finding out what was showing at the Stephenville Cinemark Cinema 6. Only the kids who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s will know the frustration of trying to find out showtimes by calling the theatre’s published number, only to get the busy signal with each and every attempt. It makes me feel old just thinking about the hours I wasted in my teenage years trying to get to the recording of shows and showtimes!
When we call out to God in prayer, we NEVER get a busy signal, and our prayers NEVER go to voicemail. They go straight to the heart of God. He listens because He loves us! He doesn’t put us on hold because He’s too busy for us. He is infinitely and intimately present to us.
Wow…what a thought?
But is the same true when God seeks to get out attention?
Check out this portion of Sunday’s sermon on Sabbath HERE. Are we ever too busy for God?
We need to make sure we are giving God the attention in our lives that He deserves. Building and maintaining a Holy Attention Span requires work, but it’s worth it.
When we are too busy for God, then we are just too busy, period.
One of my favorite works on making room in life for God and for family is Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives. Dr. Richard Swenson writes from his own experience as a medical doctor about the epidemic of marginless living. He escaped the rat race that was killing him, and now shows others how to do the same.
Won’t you look at your schedule for the remainder of this week, and see if you have enough space on your calendar to hear from God? The time we give to God in holy attentiveness is time that benefits, and gives purpose to, everything else we do.
Margin…is having breath left at the top of the staircase, money left at the end of the month, and sanity left at the end of adolescence.
Richard A. Swenson, M.D.