Observant

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Today’s prompt for the #Five Minute Friday group of writers is: Observant.

In the bible when we are called to be observant, we are being called to be mindful of the things of God, to be attentive to His Word, to heed His warnings and commands; to pay attention.

It has been on my mind a lot recently that ‘we have never been this way before’, we have never gone through a Pandemic; we have never had to be locked away from our loved ones and have our lives restricted by Lockdowns and so it is no wonder that our emotions and mental health are all over the place; no wonder we are struggling, we have never faced this before.

Then the other day I was reading this passage from the book of Joshua and noticed that the people of Israel also ‘had never been this way before’.

After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits That is, about 3,000 feet or about 900 meters between you and the ark; do not go near it.”

Joshua 3:2-4

So what were they to do? – They were to be observant!

They had never been this way, so they were to carefully observe which way the Ark of the Covenant, the Presence of the Lord was leading them. They were to watch it, move to a place where they could see it; heed any change of direction; any veering to one side; they were to be observant to the ways of the Lord.

So for me today I need to step out to a place where I have known the presence of the Lord and I need to give careful consideration, careful observance to the way He is leading in this time of unknown. When I am walking in those unknown paths I am to give care observance to what He is doing and where He is leading.

17 thoughts on “Observant”

  1. I’ve never been this way before,
    I do not know the road
    nor what fate may be in store,
    nor what increase of load
    will be placed upon my back
    between this dusk and dawn;
    will my bones and sinews crack?
    Can I still go on?
    But my heart then gives a lift,
    for I see footsteps in the dirt,
    and I know the greatest gift
    is however hard the hurt
    there’s Someone up there (don’t you see?)
    Who’s walked this path, and waits for me.

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  2. Ooh, yes, this. When we enter new territory, whether physically or spiritually (or both!), we have to pay close attention to where God is, how and where and when He’s moving, so we know how to navigate this unknown situation. I fully believe that’s the lesson we’re to take away from this season of pandemic. Great post!

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  3. This is really inspiring — thank you. The Joshua example is so helpful as a model of how to be watchful and mindful in the midst of new situations.

    Jeannie (#25 in the linkup)

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