Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jeremiah 23:16-32, Psalm 118, 1 Corinthians 9:19-27, Mark 8:31-9:1

This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24.)

10 am: Wake up, brush teeth, take shower.
11 am: Check e-mail and read the news.
Noon: Eat lunch.
1 pm – 5 pm: Check e-mail 100 times; refresh cnn.com repeatedly; play solitaire.

6 pm: Eat dinner.
7 pm – Midnight: Listen to music; check e-mail; refresh cnn.com; watch a movie; bed.

What seems like another boring day with nothing to do is actually a fantastic day! I did not do anything productive. I didn’t have any profound or deep conversations or revelations. Nothing exciting or new happened at all. Well, except another day created by the Almighty.

I know God wants me to use my life to do good, to bring praise to Him, to help ease the suffering of all those around me, to forge deep and strong relationships with my family, friends, neighbors, and complete strangers. However, this verse from Psalm 118 gives me joy. It reminds me that even a day when I do nothing is still a day I should be joyful simply because the Lord made it. These days, when I can relax and do nothing, are the days when I can fully enjoy God’s Word in my life. I can sit in relaxation and silence and let God speak to me. I can have the relaxation and silence that I need to really open my heart and ears to God, to hear what it is that He is calling me to do to bring praise to Him and His creation. I thank the Lord for these days.

I know that tomorrow I have a lot of work to do, work that will make the Lord proud. But today, today is a day of rest. A day when I can reflect, replenish myself, and listen to what the Lord has waiting for me.

--APL

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