Packed with cars lined sided-by-side for endless rows, we backed our truck between two cars, just right of center of the drive-in movie screen. The first warm summer weekend draws the crowds early giving everyone ample time to settle-in.
Like a mini campground people hoist themselves up into their truck beds, onto their car roof tops, or near their open hatchbacks and create their own outdoor oasis. They come fully equipped with beach chairs, blankets, bug repellent, sweatshirts, coolers of munchies, mugs of coffee or soda, and a variety of preshow entertainment - anything from card games and board games to frisbies and footballs, newspapers and books. The Red Sox game softly echoes through the lot as we all anticipate nightfall and the start of JAWS. (We live in New England, what would you expect?).
As darkness crouches all around the crescent moon rises front and center above the screen, silhouetting the trees against the midnight-blue sky. The countdown begins and the images flicker against the screen luring our attention away from still life and into the action.
But that beautiful moon distracted me - captured my attention - until it disappeared behind the horizon. And I thought, is that what it's like for God when He watches us? Do we captivate His attention even when there's so much action all around us?
"The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God." Psalm 14:2
Scripture says God searches the whole earth, looking for those who seek His face. Isn't that like us with our children or our grandchildren? We could be in a huge crowd with lots going on, but somehow we just can't keep our eyes off them. We love recognizing our likeness in them and how it plays out in their personalities, their physical characteristics and interests. Why would it be any different with God? We are his creation, his children, after all.
When the world gets loud and distracting and we feel lost in the crowd, remind us how mindful you are of us; how captivated you are by our beauty - your creation. Draw our attention to you that we might seek your face and find you. Amen.