Last weekend, I was working around the house trying to get a ton of projects finished for the holidays. I had a real mess on my hands…tools and parts scattered everywhere as I feverishly tried to wrap up some long overdue promises made to my wife.
But, when “The Little Drummer Boy” started playing over Pandora, my soul was arrested by a small whisper from God. “We are going to have a sacred moment”, He said.
When that happens, you have two choices. You can stop what you are doing and pay attention…or you can ignore it and move on. If you choose to ignore it, the moment will pass. You can respond to Him with “I am not interested” and keep pushing your projects.
Fortunately, I honored the moment.
- I put my tools down.
- I took off my shoes, remembering it as an act of worship (Exodus 3:5-6)
- I knelt down where I was and bowed my head
- I allowed the music to speak to my soul, and it brought me to tears
…I am a poor boy too
I have no gift to bring
That’s fit to give our King…
…I played my drum for Him
I played my best for Him
Then He smiled at me
Me and my drum…
In that moment, I saw all my hard work (at the office and at home) as nothing more valuable than a little kid beating his toy drum. My efforts are rubbish and ridiculous in front of the King of the Universe.
But it is all I had to give. That is why I strive to do my best. I want to please my King by making it a gift to Him. I rededicated everything that I do back to Him in that moment.
The moment was soon gone, but the lesson remained. I put my shoes on and got back to work. And, the tears still come when I hear the song playing in my head.
When God offers you a sacred moment, can you stop and give Him your worship? Or do you ignore it and keep working? I bet He offers you the opportunity to bow before Him this Christmas season. I hope you stop and embrace it.
Thanks for listening.