You've Got My Attention, Lord

by - 5:34 AM

You know when you want so deeply to move past pain, but it keeps creeping up and tapping you on the shoulder when you least expect it? You think you've healed. You think you've placed it in God's hands, only to realize the wound is still open, and the healing is still further down the road than expected.

I get frustrated when I'm not where I think I SHOULD be in a healing journey. When things seem so unfair, yet out of my control, I want so deeply to move past it and not care.

But that just isn't who I am. That's not my heart.
I do care. And I am hurt.

Yesterday, I was hurting again. On my way to an event, I saw I had a small sticker on my jeans (the second one in a week... still not sure where they are coming from!) It said "143". I wondered briefly what Psalm 143 says, but quickly forgot to check.

When I arrived at church, the first scripture the speaker read was Psalm 143.
Okay. I'm listening God.

The words, crying out to God, are everything I need right now. Not only did God know this, but He showed me. I am so thankful that in our pain, when we are feeling less than, lonely, pushed aside or rejected, that He shows up with HIS love for us. 

HIS love is enough. Even when it doesn't feel like it. 

emphasis added

    Lord, hear my prayer,

listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.

Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
 The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.

So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
 I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
 I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.

 Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.

Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

Don't you just love how the Word of God is alive and active? I love how when we open His word, we can read a passage we've heard so many times before and suddenly, we see it in a new way and something just clicks. 

I am so thankful we have an active God who is constantly by our side, wanting our attention. If we only take a moment to silence our anxious thoughts and have ears to hear...

Prayer: Thank you Lord that your word is alive and active. That something hundreds of years ago, written in a completely different context could speak so much healing to my soul in the here and now. Thank you for perspective. Thank you for the reminder that you use broken and imperfect people for great things. Thank you that your love never fails, regardless of the weakness I may feel. You are so faithful.

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  1. Hi,
    Sometimes, when we least expect it, God moves in a great way. He wants our attention and sometimes we just are not listening or paying attention. I am guilty. I pray I listen and pay attention better.

  2. Pretty awesome! He gets our attention in different ways. And he speaks truth and provision. He listens when we pour our hearts out.

  3. I love that the sticker was His first act to pull you closer to him! I feel like so many times we miss God speaking because we forget to look for him in the everyday moments. This was such a great reminder. And I'm so thankful for how you shared that difficult times happen. And there's nothing wrong with us when we can't push them away. It's human to feel. We need more people willing to talk about the struggles and overcoming them.