I sat at the table preparing for my quiet time. I had already been willingly displaced from the Living Room by a family member. I had poured fresh coffee, Bible laid out on the table before me and my journal and pen handy. There are mornings when these tools facilitate well intimacy with God for me, helping reign in my wild mind, allowing me focus for prayer, renewal and instruction. Then there are days, when I feel like a seashell rolling to and fro in the morning surf. I can’t get settled, focused and am prone to distraction. I’ll realize I’ve forgotten something I like having or think I need to make my time richer, when ultimately I need noting more than a willing, available heart.
The right highlighter, Study Bible, perfect journal may matter to us, but God looks at the heart.
Are we available or distracted? Still or busy? Focused on what He is saying or distracted by what we think we need and want?
At 7:30 I was still seated at the table looking at stickers. Recall the seashell analogy I mentioned? The phone rang and I jumped up to get it, understanding the phone normally does not ring at such an early hour without urgent reason.
“I’m calling because I need to pray and my brains feel like scrambled eggs this morning.”
I know she is driving, and tell her, I can pray for her, with her, as she drives into the busy work day ahead. I grab my journal, as it has written in it the words I have been meditating on since the day before.
The words that I also need to align my mind with for the day I have ahead of me. I go into my office and sit on the floor, open the journal with Scripture written and pause to let it infuse my heart, soul and mind before I begin to pray.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Her arrival at work coincided perfectly with the conclusion of our Commuter prayer time. As I hung up the phone, I bowed once more, giving thanks to my Great and Mighty God. I acknowledged Him who is able to focus the most distracted minds, the One who can purify even our “good” intentions. revealing their limitations and ultimately the same God who allows interruptions for our good and His glory.
I often find God to be more creative, gracious merciful and humorous in getting his message across, than I expect. I am thankful for that, because my good intentions and plans for my quiet time and life can lead me a far from the will of God if I am not careful.
Because of God’s best intentions in Christ Jesus we can come boldly to the throne of grace in our time of need. Jesus came, lived, died and rose again to keep us from complicating connecting with Him. I am grateful for the simplicity of the Gospel, as it is the Good News of Grace that sets us free from the law of sin and death. God is Love. Love is the fulfillment of the Law. Jesus has led the way for us. Nothing else is needed. Let’s give Him the Thanksgiving, Praise and Honor He deserves by coming to Him with hearts and heads bowed.
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