I squinted my eyes to see the clock on his side of the bed. Near-sighted people learn early on to squint their eye to bring something into focus. It works pretty good at first, but these days the only thing that brings real clarity is my contacts.
My Nikon will auto focus. You fix the tiny dots on your subject, push the button part way down until the image is clear, and shoot. There’s also a manual focus but I prefer the auto, like I prefer easy anytime that’s an option.
Focus doesn’t always come easy to me. We joke that I’ve acquired ADD in my adult years, even before technology added to my lack of attention span. My husband calls me a hummingbird. He says I flit here and there, not landing long before buzzing to another spot.
My switching from photography to painting to writing to sewing in the span of a week could bear testimony to that.
When we lived in Memphis, we would watch hummingbirds out our breakfast room window. We had a feeder made for their long beaks hanging in a tree. Their wings flapped so quickly they appeared to be a blur. The birds never perched while they fed but their attention had to be focused on the feeder with it’s narrow and deep opening. They had to hover just so. Amazing these tiny creatures were created to do this, focus and flit.
Maybe my husband is right.
I will skim through words until I land on that thing that seems to jump off the page. The words that are new or fresh or ‘wow’. Then my attention is drawn clearly to the subject, my mind stopping to process.
The most recent to get my attention is a book I’ve just started called Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. The title alone is an attention getter.
Here’s the last portion I highlighted:
“Never once did Jesus scan the room for the best example of holy living and send that person out to tell others about him. He always sent stumblers and sinners. I find that comforting.” – Nadia Bolz-Weber
God get my attention through words and through pictures. Through creation, the arts and through people, his most confusing and subjective art, but also his best. This is where he gets my attention. This is where my focuses and hovers. This is where He is most clear to me.
Where does he get your attention? I’d love to hear where you focus best on His love and grace.
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