This conversation would be much more enjoyable if we had time to sit down together and maybe have a cup of coffee or tea. But that would mean we would have to align our busy, over scheduled selves in a such a way that our lives could intersect. Making this happen for just a while, so we could talk, seems impossible most days. A modern day miracle.
If you did have time to come over, we would visit about idols. I think it is time we come clean about what is really driving our lives. I think it is our idols. You know those little things in our lives that move from “important” to “little gods” while we sleep? Like my “to do” list. One day I make it, then I go to sleep and the next morning before I know what is going on I am worshipping that little list. I will move mountains to get everything checked off. Getting things done becomes my religion for the day. Who knows what God really wanted me to do that day? Sadly, I will never know what I missed.
Or the little children (well…one is as tall as me now!!) that really run my life. When they were given to me, I was full of joy and completely scared. I had no idea what to do with them or for them. But moment by sleepless moment, I discovered what do to. Now that they are working on their elementary and middle school careers, they have moved from needing me for basic survival to simply needing me to find their shoes or be a personal ATM machine. When I observe our routines, I notice they need me to move their plates from the kitchen table to the dishwasher and move their clothes from the floor in their room to the laundry room. And back again. When did I start worshipping their little lives and the messes they make? Ugh! No wonder I am tired. I am trying to use my two hands to keep up with six other hands and four paws! If I keep this up, there won’t be much of me left. I am pretty sure God created me for more.
And let’s not mention this phone I carry with me every moment of every day. Talk about an idol. I worship what that little phone tells me from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. I am just being honest.
We serve a JEALOUS God. A God who created us so the world would see God in our words, actions and deeds. We work for the ALPHA and OMEGA from our beginning to our end. We worship ADONAI (the God who sees me) alone. We seek to know our CREATOR. We shrink before the mysteries of the great I AM. When we are about God’s work, we do not have time to worship little gods in our life. Little gods demand more of us than we are able to give and distract us from the one true God and God’s work around us.
If you had time for a cup of coffee, we might talk about your idols as well. I wonder what idols you would pull out of your purse or wallet. Which ones are hiding in your closest? We may even share the same ones. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired, anxious, confused, distracted or lost. Maybe one (or more than one) of those little gods has slipped into your tent or life and it has taken over. Take a good look through your tent (home) or routine and see what you are truly worshipping these days.
Kick them out on the curb by your next trash day because that is where they really belong. Don’t worry about what your neighbors think…they probably have some too! It’s best to just get them out in the open and get rid of them
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold. Exodus 20:22-23