Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”…(1 Sa 3:10).
I’ve never been one who notices details well. I’ve always had a hard time seeing the finer things that take a little more time to notice. I once had a professor in college who told me I really needed to proofread my papers a little better. You see, I’ve always been the type of person that instead of staying a little longer in the moment, to notice the finer details, I’d rather move on to the next big project or exciting thing to do on my to-do list.
The Lord is pressing me into this season where’s He’s removing much of my to-do list so that I’ll learn to sit with Him and, maybe for the first time, start noticing the finer details.
Instead of rushing from one exciting thing to the next, I sense the Lord calling me into a place of listening. A place where He’s asking me to trust Him and notice the finer details of the people He’s surrounded me with.
There are times after my daughter finishes eating when we just lay together and enjoy one another’s company. I love that time together as I take note of the finer details of who she is. Her joy, her silly hair, and that toothless grin. I just get so wrapped up in it.
I think, what God is showing me is that I rarely do this with others. You see, what I want to do is help people become their very best, but I think what God is showing me is that in order to do that I must be willing to sit with them, taking note of the finer details of who God has made them. This means I must learn to study them, taking note of the finer details, not of what they do or can accomplish, but who they are as image-bearers of God.
Lord, I am listening. You have my full attention. Help me to take note of the people around me and to see them as you see them. I want to help others become their very best. Lord, give me wisdom and grace to love others as you would, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.