What captures your attention–and holds it? I don’t mean things that occupy your time or preoccupy your thoughts–like social media feeds, games, or TV shows. What is something beautiful that attracts you, charms you, fascinates and delights you–enthralls you! For me, I’m easily preoccupied with this blog site–making sure it is not only pretty, but clean and easy to read. You could say that, in some ways, it’s distracting. But I’m captivated by my kids. I love to watch and listen to my son play his guitar. Just hearing him practice brings me great delight. I’m over the moon when I’m watching my girls spin their flags, rifles, and sabres. I could sit and–literally–stare at them for hours.
Other things captivate me as well. I love sunrises. Sitting quietly in the dark. Waiting for the sun to make it’s grand entrance over the horizon. I love fields blanketed with Texas bluebonnets. If you’ve never seen this before, do a google search, and be sure to include the town of Ennis. You will be amazed!
One of the most vivid images I think of is a wedding. The groom waits in anticipation at the front of the church. You can almost feel his excitement build as each member of the wedding party joins him. Then, the doors at the back of the church close.
For a moment, everything stops.
Then, the bold chords of their chosen music begin, and the mother of the bride stands up. The doors re-open—revealing the one he has been waiting for. The expression on his face changes completely. As his bride approaches, you see bride and groom only have eyes for each other. Captivated with one another, they are oblivious to the crowd around.
So I find myself thinking about my kids who are at Student Life’s mission camp this week. They start their mornings with small group quiet times and large group worship. They spend the day serving in the community. Then at night they have more worship and a challenging message. This year’s theme is Set Apart.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9).
Living as a Christian teenager in the 21st century is no easy task. But it is the task God assigned to my children–and maybe yours, as well. Today, the enemy assaults our Christian teens with every means possible in order to distract them from their relationship with Christ.
I believe with all my heart that once they belong to Him–they are His forever.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. (John 10:28-29).
Captivated by Love
But that doesn’t mean following Christ day by day is easy. And I believe that one thing–and one thing only–allows them (and us) to do that effectively. And that is their love relationship with Him. As I was falling asleep last night, I prayed …
Let them see You, and be captivated by Your beauty!
Let them hear You, and be captivated by Your Word!
Let them sense Your Presence, and be captivated by Your love!
As I prayed for my kids, I prayed for myself. Because you see, once we are captivated by God’s love for us, everything changes.
When we are captivated by God's love for us, everything changes.
We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 NIV).
Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3).
With busy schedules, sometimes we need to be reminded how deeply God does love us.
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness.With his love, he will calm all your fears.He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. (Zephaniah 3:17).
For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Psalm 100:5).
Do You Need to Rekindle that Flame?
The way we do that is simply by spending time with the One who loves us. Making our relationship with God a priority–every day. Praying with the Psalmist
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:18).
Then, like the bride and groom on their wedding day, when we are captivated by Christ, we are oblivious to the crowd around us trying to steal our attention. Although the enemy may try to distract us and dissuade us–our eyes are fixed on Him (Hebrews 12:2).
“Captivate Us,” by Watermark is one of my favorite songs. May you listen and be reminded of love …
Wedding: Pixabay (Olga0403)
Bluebonnets: DepositPhotos (rickmcmillin)