Heads up please!

Posted On December 10, 2010

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A few years ago when I taught 1st grade, I had an autistic student. Hunter and I were “just friends” (as I like to call it—he calls it year one of dating) and Hunter loved to hear all the crazy stories about my day with this student. In addition to being autistic, this kid was mean. He cussed at everyone, including me, everyday. Finally we called in behavior specialist. She said it would help him if I wore physical signs on my body that stood for desired behaviors.

I walked around the school like a clown with all these signs on my body.

In addition to his bizarre behavior problems he also had a thing for rubbing/patting my behind when he needed something. (All first graders kind of do this—it’s a height thing). I had to wear 2 signs on my hips that had a stop sign on it and an arrow that pointed up to my face.

I seriously would have graduated this boy to 2nd grade if he had looked up and talked to me. He was so focused in what he wanted that he couldn’t take his eyes and mind off of it for even a second to look at me in the face.

We are a “heads down, plow through it” kind of people.

But what would happen in our lives if we just stopped the plowing. Exodus 33:11 says, “And God to Moses face to face, as neighbors speak to one another.”

Before this “face to face” time, Moses seriously put energy and obedience into physically seeking God. He went to the tent and set apart time to be with God. He understood that to be a leader, he had to know God’s heart in an intimate way. Obedience comes along with discipleship in many ways.

This week I have spoken to God in a fresh way. I have realized the greatness of who God is. I have seen His face. I seriously wanted to be where He was. I wanted to spend time alone with Him, and I wanted to know this kind of God intimately.

Psalm 145 says:

I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King! and I’ll bless your name into eternity. Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; Each one tells stories of your mighty acts. Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.

Could we possible be missing the face of this kind of God because we are consumed in other things?

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