Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. Psalm 24:10
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. Psalm 39:5
Let the following story sink in and may it rearrange the priorities and worries of your mind today:
“A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”
The young boy was apologetic. “Please, mister, please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,” he pleaded. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop” With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. “It’s my brother,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.” Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. “Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!” (min127)
Don’t be so busy with life that you fail to let God have your attention. The Bible term “Selah” means to “stop and think.” We need to pause to pray. We need to stop and read the Bible. We need to slow down and sit with God a while.
We hustle through life to career and bank account destinations that do not matter. We miss the joy of the journey to where God is taking us. We don’t stop to offer help and encouragement like we should. We may “do” much but are “being” very little in the eyes of the Lord.
May God help us live in such a way that a brick does not have to hit the car of our life so that the Lord could get our attention. Give God your undivided attention today. Stop running around after things that matter little and seek to arrange your life with Biblical priorities. It will change your life. Selah.