I joke about how my kids can catch a glimpse of a shiny thing and lose track of what they were doing.
But lately it’s been their dad who’s having that problem.
The reason for my distraction changes all the time. It seems trying to have a conversation with me is trying to have a conversation in a restaurant with a bunch of TVs playing football games everywhere.
I don’t know why it’s been so hard to focus lately because the distractions have always been there and have never affected me. But now…
It’s has showed up with my children. They want to tell me something, and I’m only catching a part of what they are saying. Then I have to ask them to repeat what they said.
I’m definitely not liking that part of me.
They have a fun story to tell me or a question and I’m off in some other thought, my eyes off towards some else I think is more important. As they get frustrated, they might give up telling me stuff.
That makes my stomach churn. I don’t want to experience the day where they don’t want to tell their Daddy about the snow fort they built, how they made the cookies all by themselves, or how they need some feedback on a friend who is frustrating them.
I think about how Jesus picked up children the disciples wanted to keep away from Him. It when He said “Let the children come to Me for the Kingdom of God belongs to faith like this.”
There are so many theological pieces to this that are essential to our faith, but let’s look at the physical part of this moment.
He picked up the children and held them. He didn’t need to. He could have just gathered them around Him, taken a selfie with them, made His point, and shooed them on their way. After all, He was a pretty important guy with a lot of people needing His attention around Him. That’s certainly what the disciples thought.
Instead He picked them up.
I think that’s a crucial part of who Jesus was and even more who God the Father is. Remember Jesus said “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.”
We don’t know all what Jesus said or did when He held the children. We don’t know how long it lasted, but we do know that Jesus, God Himself, physically held them.
He gave them affection, focus, held them and affirmed who they were in front of all the busyness going on around Him.
Why? Because they were His children.
Hey, are you reading this?
You are His child. When you go to Him, you get God’s focus, attention, and He affirms who you are to all of those around you. God is not distracted by “shiny things.”
He enjoys you, is proud of you and will never, never, never turn you away because there are ”more interesting things going on around world.” You are most interesting to the Abba Father.
Years ago I wrote a song about this moment and recorded it live at a youth conference. If you want to have it, you can download it clicking here. I hope you might find it a push for you to go sit and be held by Jesus. He loves it.
God is good all the time.