Whenever I’m working on a project alone, I can often get intensely focused – entering and deeply submerging into my own private head zone – no matter what else may be going on around me. I can get this way, so much so, that if someone is trying to talk to me, whether a family member, a friend or a co-worker, they will likely have to work hard to get my attention and pull me back into the interactive world of human communication. Calling out to me and repeating their words will eventually break through to my consciousness, and my focus can be redirected to the present moment and the person who is present with me.
In my relationship with our ever-present God, I know I will always need to focus just a little more fully, listen just a little more quietly, direct my attention just a little more intentionally and obey just a little more quickly and willingly. (Okay! On most days, that would be: a lot more!) And I need to do this with the right attitude. An attitude of joy and thankfulness in my God.
Our God is good enough, and lovingly insistent enough, that He will be sure to get our attention. And when it comes to our attitude and our perspective – no matter what our circumstances may be, or wherever we may have allowed our private head zones to be focused upon – our God is more than happy to repeat Himself!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! – Philippians 4:4
Rejoice! In the Lord. Always. Rejoice!
God calls out to us through His Word and through His Spirit to choose, and then choose again, to rejoice! In Him. Always. God calls out to us to break through our self-focused thinking and our self-focused living. God calls out to us to choose, and then choose again, to take on an attitude of joy and thankfulness. In Him. Always.
May we each rejoice –
In who our God is.
In God’s presence that is with us.
In God’s love that pursues us.
In God’s sacrifice that saves us.
In God’s grace that transforms us.
In God’s truth that frees us.
In God’s power that heals us.
In God’s wisdom that leads us.
In God’s hope that encourages us.
In God’s strength that revives us.
In God’s promises that assure us of who we are to Him.
May God’s good, and lovingly insistent, call to us break through to each of us – wherever we are and whatever we’re doing – so that we will choose, and then choose again, to rejoice in our Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!