The Day God Reminded Me to Pay Attention

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I was in the car waiting for my son to finish up at work when I noticed a woman get out of her car and walk over to a nearby restaurant. She didn’t go in, but waited right outside the door.

I didn’t think anything of it and easily went back to my phone to mindlessly scroll the minutes away.

I sensed God whispering in my ear.

Look again. Pay attention.

When I looked up, I noticed she looked nervous, almost jittery. She still wasn’t going into the restaurant.

You should pray for her. 

So, here’s the thing. I didn’t really want to. I wanted to go back to whatever had changed on Twitter in the last minute. I wanted to disengage my brain and get lost in the perfection that is Instagram. So, basically, I wanted to be selfish.

Ashamed of my reaction, I put my phone down and asked God to help her…to calm her down…to see her through whatever was bothering her.

Tracie Collier
Tracie Collier
Tracie is a truth-seeking book-a-holic who loves looking for evidence of God's mercy and grace in the midst of everyday life. Married to the kindest man on the planet and mother to two teenage boys, Tracie makes her home in Huntsville, Alabama. You can follow her on her blog,, and on Instagram.

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