I was arrested today by this idea of giving Yahweh my attention. How would I (how do I) do that? Is this about regular Quiet Times, passionate prayer sessions, serious study? I mused over the variety of ways that I do give my attention. My not-quite-one year old nephew, for instance, demands attention because he’s cute, but we also watch him protectively as he crawls around exploring everything. My shy 2-year old nephew gets my attention as I try to encourage him to interact with me so we can get to know each other. Family and friends have my attention as I listen to them, help them or enjoy time with them. I give personal attention to reading, communicating, studying, and learning. How much do I give to Yahweh?
It seems to me that giving Him my attention involves all the ways I have mentioned. Attention is a concentration of heart and mind of varying degrees and differing lengths of time, from as little as a ‘glance across a room’ to the focused gaze of a researcher.
It’s no problem to make time to enjoy my little nephews or to admire my older nieces; to spend time with loved ones or to share special times with friends. It’s not a problem – but the emphasis can often be on ‘make time’! I have found, however, that I can (and do) ‘make time’ for what I really want to do.
Yahweh ‘gives Himself to the pure in heart,’ says Yeats, and ‘asks nothing but our attention.’ Whether that is a glance of love or the contemplation of a lover, I so want Yahweh to have my attention.
Delight yourself in [Yahweh]; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 NASB
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