I’m not a hipster. Not even close. I’m always consulting with my daughters to make sure what I’m wearing doesn’t look like I’m the stereotypical un-cool homeschooled kid on the first day of public school.
So even though I know Mumford and Sons and love their song,“Awake my Soul”, I honestly didn’t think of it in choosing the domain for this blog until some of my hipster friends pointed it out. It was what they thought of immediately.
I was thinking of Awake my Soul in an eyes-wide-open-aha-oh-I-almost missed-that-burning-bush way. But whatever. I totally missed the cultural reference right off the bat.
Last summer was a more embarassing miss. One morning I was teaching at church. It was very early. (I want you to remember that). I had to stand up in front of a room full of people. When we were done and people were leaving, I walked outside and glanced down. There were two different sandals on my feet. I know you’re thinking, “What sane person doesn’t pay attention to the shoes they’re putting on? Or look in a mirror!?” It was dark, ok? And to my credit (if there’s any credit to be gotten here), they were both brown sandals.
And then there was the day a couple of years ago I left the car running and locked my keys inside. For an hour. While I was at Starbucks. Again, paying attention? Maybe not so much.
Last confession. When I was a junior in college (I KNOW you’re not gonna believe this but it’s absolutely true), I once put a cup of salt instead of a teaspoon into a recipe of lasagna. Flake? Mentally challenged cook? A.D.D.? You make the call, but clearly I wasn’t paying attention.
Why in the world would I share these humiliating experiences with you?
- I’m telling my deepest darkest secrets so you will too. Ok maybe not. But I really do want to be authentic so you will see this as a safe place where you can be honest. And I REALLY want you to know (in case there’s any doubt) how much I don’t have it together.
- I really love the philosophy we should take God seriously, but ourselves not so much.
- These “misses” are minor, but how much am I missing the many significant ways that God wants to delight, convict, amaze, whisper to me each day in His desire to make me more like Him?
The refrain of the Mumford and Sons song says Awake my soul For you were made to meet your Maker And you were made to meet your Maker.
I think one of the ways we pay attention and meet our Maker is by encouraging each other – sharing our own experiences of seeing AND missing God. What about you?
Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake because you weren’t paying attention?
What helps you pay attention to God’s work in your life?
What discourages you from paying attention?