Nick loved football. Every season he would watch every game – college and professional. If he had time, he would go to the high school games in his community. He focused every spare minutes on the adrenalin-laced games and heaven help his wife and children if they got between him and the television screen. He would berate them and they would feel invisible and rejected. He knew the names of all the players. Soon his fanatic fixation had become the focus of his life while the neglected relationships around him quietly brought him chips and beer. At dinner, his wife would tip-toe in and leave the hamburger and fries on the coffee table and retreat.
Eventually the marriage fell apart and Mom and Dad went their separate ways. The children hated the divorce, but when they visited Dad, he still spent most of his time in front of the TV. They are grown-ups now and while they love their father, they don’t feel they really know him. He had not only been a spectator of sports that gave nothing back but he had been a spectator in his kids lives as well. Does he have regrets? You would have to ask him.
In our lives the circumstances are somewhat the same. God is somewhat like the children in this story because He wants our undivided attention. He promises that if we will draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. He is waiting for us to turn off the television, the computer, the radio and to shut out all other distractions. Father wants us to come to our quiet place and seek His face. In our worship, we can put our focus on Him As we listen, we will discover that everything we need, He has already provided. It is ours for the taking just as the love the children wanted to share with their Dad was there if he had chosen to draw near.
We are to come boldly before the Father God’s throne of grace confident that as we seek Him, He will not be lost in a spectator sport or any other distraction. We are the focus of His plan. He wants us to be a fully functional family who focus our lives and love on Him. We find that the Bible tells us that in His Presence is fullness of joy. As we focus on Him, He will meet us and we will be the beneficiaries of His love and attention.
What are your focusing on?