“[The Lord] whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily!” –Isaiah 5:26b
I can’t whistle. It’s a handicap for a dog owner. A piercing whistle can recall a dog’s attention to its person. The sound of a whistle can travel over a distance, which saves an owner’s voice from shouting. And the sudden, keen sound can break through a dog’s intent focus on a squirrel or another dog. But I have to settle for kissy noises. If Lexi ignores her name and a command, then I kiss to her. Our trainer once called these “squirrel noises.” It usually works to get Lexi’s attention. How does God get our attention? Isaiah 5:26 describes God calling all people to him: “…he whistles for those at the ends of the earth.” And they come. Whether God speaks to you from a burning bush (Exodus 3), with smoke and fire (Exodus 19), or in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12), what matters is that we listen. When we’ve wandered off, when we’re distracted, or when we’re deliberately ignoring God, he signals us that we should come to his side and start walking with him.
Dear God, Get my attention today and let me listen to you. Amen