Worshipping in the Throng (5 Minute Friday: Worship)

Sometimes it is hard for me to worship with a roomful of Believers. Maybe it’s my ADHD, maybe it’s my flesh, maybe it’s the enemy (I’m sure) but maybe it’s just harder to hear Him where there is so much commotion. Yet, because I know it is His will, I push back the distraction of the slim hips standing in front of me (how can her hips be so compact?) and the cute baby eyes, staring at me from over the daddy’s shoulder, to the right. And then there is M., I want to go stand with her and hug her, just because she always is there raising her hands and praising Him. And I know she could probably use a hug.

So, I close my eyes and try to focus on worshipping in the congregation despite these wild distractions. And I think of the times I feel closest to Him…solitude morning walks along the beach, for instance and I wonder. How is it that I came to this place just a heartbeat from the coast. How I used to steal away early when I felt I needed to really commune with Him, the hour drive, and how He met me and comforted me, and led me here. Both my home and my church currently within walking distance from the beach. How He knows me! How He loves me!

So I push back all those distractions, and thank God for each one of those precious peeps, with their slim hips, drools, and needs- and I stand in the throng praising Him, knowing He loves me, knows me and accepts me. Despite my crazy, wild mind. Yeah, even He loves my wildness. Loves me wildly with all of that wild within. It makes me grin. He’s not mad at me, or you. He just loves us. Knowing it is worship. Believing it is His glory. Maybe all of it is worship, after all.

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

5 thoughts on “Worshipping in the Throng (5 Minute Friday: Worship)

  1. So true. When we reflect on those around us as His blessings and thank Him, we are worshipping. Thank you for shariing.


  2. We are blessed to be able to worship Him wherever we are in the beauty of His creation. But you are so right, sometimes we truly have to push through the distractions to give Him all of us. I am so glad that you shared this today. I was your neighbor this morning at #fmf 🙂 Have a great Friday!Joanne


  3. My best worship is in the woods, in the yard, in the car with the radio singing praise songs…without the distractions of others I can be “one on one” with Jesus. Yes, the ocean or a serene pond or lake or stream would be my ideal as well. Corporate worship is wonderful and certainly has its place, but without these private times of alone time with the Lord, I wouldn't survive.


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