What really matters? The Lord has been showing me where my focus lies. And, in doing so, He is helping me to see what really matters to Him.
It really matters to Him that I walk closely with Him. In order to do that I need to be intentional about looking for Him in the daily. I need to be mindful of Him, seeking to know His presence.
When you walk with someone you stay near, often your steps are in cadence with one another. You share in the moments you walk. You check-in with the other and discuss the route you want to take. If one turns, the other follows after, because you desire to be together.
While walking there is often conversation involved. You share about life, you listen, and you reflect. On the route, you take notice of the things around you. You are present, looking and listening, you are aware of your surroundings.
But, I am realizing what really matters to me is more about selfish concerns. Do I have time for this? Do we have to go so slow? Is this the best route? Could we walk a little faster? My to-do list is only half done. Let’s not go that way, I don’t want to run into them and get tied up in a long conversation. Let’s not stop there now, I need to get somewhere. I need to get something done.
It’s as if I am telling the Lord, just follow me around and be there for me when I need you. After-all I have a schedule to keep, I have a lot to do. And He is showing me that what really matters to Him is the walking with, my being with Him. He wants me to really seek Him, to have my soul refreshed in the being together, and to learn from Him.
He doesn’t see that my completing the things on my to-do list as being the most important. But, all too often, I live as if they are, and everything else takes second place. In living with that mindset I focus on the doing and miss the being. And it is in the being, the being with, really being present, that is where the relationship takes place. And it is in the relationship we learn what really matters, we learn His unforced rhythms of grace for all of life. We can only learn that as we walk closely with Him and look how He is at work, what He is doing, and how we can join Him. We only learn that in the quiet times together, when we are ready to really listen.
The Lord knows us so much better than we know ourselves. He is showing me myself and in that, teaching me what really matters to Him. He is showing me where my focus is skewed and how my skewed focus leads me astray. He is showing me my selfishness. He is showing me how I focus on me and how everything affects me, and I miss so much else. The Lord wants me to focus fully on Him and trust Him to take care of me in the living of my life.
Actually, He is showing me some things I already know, but they are things that get lost in my day-to-day living as I fall back into old patterns. He makes His way clearer as I view my life through the lens of His Word, His promises, and His love.
The Lord calls us to come alongside, to find the cadence of His unforced rhythms of grace. The rhythms of grace are about His way, and when we go off-track, focusing on us, our own stuff, He calls us back. He calls us back repeatedly if necessary. It is in this calling back that we learn of His patient love.
As you look at your heart and life what do you see? Where is your focus? It isn’t always immediately apparent. Talk with Him about it. He will show you what He sees and He will show you what is important. He will show you what really matters.