Have you ever had a moment when you realized that after a day, or week, or month, that you were so focused on the minutiae of life that you were missing out on the beauty of your days? It is so easy to plow through life concentrating on details, concerns, issues … a kind of tunnel vision … and forget to look up to see the many blessings around us. I have days like that … and one reason I write these short blog posts is to help break the cycle … a self-imposed reflection with a daily post as a measure of accountability.
The season of Advent is about looking up … listening, anticipating, eagerly awaiting. There is no better way to prepare for Christ’s coming than to spend a few minutes reading the Word, meditating on it, talking to the Father about the Christmas story and His second coming. The phrase in the old hymn comes to mind, “Tune my heart to sing thy grace.”
I need time with the master tuner.
I watched a friend tune his guitar recently. He attached a tuner to the neck of the guitar. As he plucked a string, he listened, watched the display to see how the values lined up, and turned the tuning pegs a little to the right, to the left until the note matched the display perfectly. When I read the Word, I am aligning my thoughts with the display God has given me. As I meditate, I consider what God has said and what I believe … turning the tuning pegs of my thoughts to make a match. I listen as I meditate wanting to hear the Spirit’s conviction and affirmation.
The season of Advent it a time for tuning our hearts so that we can sing His grace!
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it
mount of God’s redeeming love.