A month ago my pastor shared that he’s started praying for God to show him the important things each day. He’s doing this because he doesn’t want to miss God’s direction over what he perceives to be a priority. Since starting this practice it’s caused him to see his daily routine differently.
With so many things trying to capture our attention it’s difficult to know what God is trying to show us. There are people in our schools, workplace, and church who are going through difficulties. However, we don’t see them because our focus is elsewhere. Are we willing to slow down long enough to see what’s really important to God?
Our Schedule Interrupted
Every weekend I volunteer at a senior center where some other volunteers and I hold a church service for the residents. Recently one of the residences shared a story that really touched my heart. She used to be a nurse at a hospital and one day she was running late for work. When she reached the floor she worked on the Holy Spirit told her to visit a patient who had been in the hospital for a while.
She decided she would after she clocked in, but He told her to go visit the patient first. When she went into the man’s room he was lying in the bed looking at the ceiling with tears in his eyes. He told her that there was so much left that he wanted to do with his life, but what he wanted most was to get right with Christ. She told him how it’s never late, and through their conversation, he did accept Jesus into his life.
After she finished praying and talking with him she left his room to clock in, and when she returned he had passed away. She said that since that day she’s prayed for God to check her priorities. You never know what God is trying to do outside of the world we’ve enclosed ourselves in.
Jesus, Jairus, and the Woman
What I found touching about her story is how God called on her because of his love for that man. God desired to be connected to him and wasn’t worried about her clocking in late for work to accomplish this. What’s important to us on earth does not match what God sees as important.
In Mark 5 Jesus is approached by a religious leader named Jairus who’s seeking to heal for his dying daughter. Jesus followed Jairus home, however, along the way a woman suffering from the issue of blood touches him. He stops walking and asks the crowd who touched him and when the woman confesses to it, Jesus blesses her.
When he reached Jairus’ house his daughter is dead, but Jesus told them the child is only asleep. He goes and tells the girl to arise and she’s alive and well. Some people would see healing Jairus’ daughter as more important than the woman because of his status or position. However, Jesus shows us the priorities of Heaven are not based on our earthly hierarchy.
Important to Heaven
God’s timing and purpose are not like ours because the priorities of Heaven are different from Earth. For us to get in alignment with what’s important to God, we have to submit our will to His. We have to slow down, listen for His voice, and go where He leads us.
As I seek what’s important to God I’ve learned to be thankful for the things that pull my focus onto what’s around me. We never know who or what God is placing on our path if we don’t take the time to see what’s important. It’s all about putting aside our agenda to see where He’s guiding us.