Ever been watching a movie or reading a book and have someone interrupt just when you’re getting to the good part? We know that the best of what we’ve been seeing or reading is getting close, and we don’t want to be distracted and miss out on enjoying a single moment of it.
Take that feeling and think of it in terms of listening to Jesus. Have you ever felt that way about what He’s saying to you?
When we listen to Jesus, we intentionally come close to Him. We tune out other voices — people, music, devotionals, commentaries, podcasts, television, worries, schedules, deadlines — to concentrate on Him.
Often, though, we are so distracted that we sometimes forget to really listen to Him.
“But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came to Him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’” (Luke 10:40)
What Jesus says to us is enough. We don’t need to frantically seek other input or keep busy with life’s activity.
“But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:41-42)
When we deliberately draw near to Jesus and allow the distractions of life to fade away, we discover His presence. And in His presence we find the “good part” because in nearness to Him is when we truly hear Him.