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Did You See That?

How many times have you been asked in an excited tone of voice, “Did you see that?”  Whatever the site or the object of another person’s sight, their response is so high pitched and anxious that the hearer realizes it was something spectacular, unusual, frightening, wonderful….and surely out of the ordinary.

We can become so preoccupied with things on our minds that we fail to see very much around us.  We have more warnings, buzzers, “beepers”, recorded voices of caution, and alarms that seek to alert us to danger than ever before.  Pre-occupation could well be a leading descriptor of the way American’s live life.  Our minds are rarely idle.  With the vast number of electronic options available, we are most often focused on, plugged in, attached to, or surrounded by the sounds of conversation, music, talk shows, nature’s sounds to drown out noise, and lots of other things to keep us distracted from the present.

When we add to that the mental processing of the last meeting, the next appointment, an unpleasant exchange with one’s mate, an argument with a child, a disagreement over a repair bill, bad news from your doctor, and lots of other real issues, we have to work to be free from so many things that pull at us and keep us from concentrating.

In 1992, a Los Angeles County parking control officer came upon a brown El Dorado Cadillac illegally parked next to the curb on street-sweeping day.  The officer dutifully wrote out a ticket. Ignoring the man seated at the driver’s wheel, the officer reached inside the open car window and placed the $30 citation on the dashboard.

The driver of the car made no excuses. No argument ensued-and with good reason. The driver of the car had been shot in the head ten to twelve hours before but was sitting up, stiff as a board, slumped slightly forward, with blood on his face. He was dead.

The officer, preoccupied with ticket-writing, was unaware of anything out of the ordinary. He got back in his car and drove away.

Many people around us are ‘dead in transgressions and sins.’ What should catch our attention most is their need, not their offenses. They don’t need a citation; they need a Savior.”  (Copied).

The Word of our God tells us that we should be vigilant as we make the journey…..

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  (Ephesians 5:15-17).