John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)
Sometimes I feel like I'm auditioning for a comedy show as I stamp my feet to create vibrations, wave my arms like a windmill, and shout as loudly as I can. Yes, having three very elderly canines in the house which are all at one stage or another of deafness and blindness makes for some interesting times and actions as I seek to get their attention.
God is also known for employing some interesting attention-getting actions in regard to His people, who often suffer from both spiritual blindness and deafness.
Exodus 3:2 – There the angel of the Lord appeared to [Moses] in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. (NIV)
Numbers 22:28 – Then the Lord opened the donkey's mouth, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?" (NIV)
1 Kings 19:12b-13 – And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (NIV)
Matthew 1:20 – But after [Joseph] had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit." (NIV)
Acts 9:3-4 – As [Saul] neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" (NIV)
Perhaps today, God may be seeking to get our attention through various means and actions. Why? Because He loves us and is prepared to do whatever is necessary to give us every chance to hear and respond to His life-changing love — a love which opens the eyes of those who acknowledge it and allows them to see the purpose and plan He has for their lives, each and every day. This is the real question, however: How will we respond?
Prayer: Father God, thank You that You love us so much that You are willing to reach out in various and unconventional ways to get our attention. Open our spiritual eyes and ears this day that we might see the wondrous plan that You have for us. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.
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