“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8, ESV
I love spy movies. I can’t handle shoot-em-up, horror, or scary movies, but I do enjoy a good intellectual thriller. When my family gets together we watch movies. This week I saw “Skyfall” (James Bond), “Lincoln,” and “Brave” – finally. One theme stands out in all three films: LISTEN.
There’s a particular scene in Skyfall that I’ve been thinking about all week. James Bond is on a mission and has an earpiece in place so that he can communicate with backup. However, at one point he chooses to take out his one point of contact, that earpiece, and drop it in a glass of champagne. He’s going forward alone and doesn’t want any other point of view along for the ride. Aren’t we impressed with his rogue spirit?
I’m James Bond.
Ok, terribly cheesy metaphor, but track with me for a second. This time of year I can get so caught up in my schedule, lists, parties, and plans that I literally just drop my earpiece of connection with the Lord. Instead of heeding His wisdom, I want to listen at my convenience and in my timing. But I’m missing out, because He has valuable words for me every hour of the day.
I’m committing for the season of Advent to listen first each day. Before I post, tweet, eat, write, run… I want to listen.
“When your words came, I ate them;
they were my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name,
Lord God Almighty.” Jeremiah 15:16, NIV
Care to join me?