You've likely heard the expression "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." A sometimes annoying truth, that those that complain the loudest end up with the most attention, deserving or not.
This week, I realized that my own priorities often fall to this idiomatic truth. Much of a mother's day doesn't flow based on true priorities, but rather by the need of the moment. Who's crying? Who's hurt? Who's hungry? What will cause greater damage if unchecked? Where is the spill that can't be ignored?
Obviously, spilled milk is not as important as paying the bills, but if we don't clean that dripping mess now it will get worse and eventually stink. Some things simply can't wait.
Unfortunately, God can.
He doesn't cry audibly for my attention.
He won't run out of clean socks if I don't attend to it.
He doesn't bark and whine at the door if I ignore Him too long.
He doesn't give me a deadline.
He won't ignore me later if I ignore Him now.
He won't starve.
Put simply -- He doesn't need me.
But, Revelation 3:20 says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me."
My world is so filled with noises demanding my attention that sometimes I overlook that most important sound . . . the gentle knocking, the still small voice. And, in so doing I miss out on the accompanying reward and relationship.
He may not suffer from my neglect of our relationship, but I do.
Spiritually speaking, I will increase in sorrow if I neglect Him.
I will run out of patience.
I will get whiny and discontent.
I will confuse my priorities.
I will grow callous.
I will starve.
I need Him.
He waits patiently, ignoring the truth of the expression that seems to dominate my day. Finally, I realize anew that what I thought could wait, must remain first.
I need to go answer that gentle knocking, but in a couple days I will share a bit of how I have found it possible to answer the important call first. We know it is necessary, but how?
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.