Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Genesis 37:25-36
Psalms 49, 53, 119:49-72
1 Corinthians 2:1-13
Mark 1:29-45

“…Strengthen me according to your word. Direct me in the path of your commands, For there I find delight.” (Psalm 119: 28;35)

My favorite place in my house is on the family room couch. From this vantage point, sitting among my comfy pillows, I look through the picture frame created by the window casings at an outdoors that is ever changing with the seasons. In the summer, I can see a forest of trees, tall and spindly, reaching to the heavens, with twigs and branches all intertwined. I love watching how storms make the branches sway like a mast on a ship. The fall season brings a kalidescope of color with leaves in multitudes of red and orange; they swirl and flutter. Winter’s fingers create icy crystals on leafless branches; they cling and then drip, changing once more to the peak-a-boo green buds that burst out in the spring. Those treasured times, when I am quiet in my own house, are when I spend a few moments reflecting on God’s scripture, searching for direction, guidance, and meaning to life through the Bible, and finding strength in His word.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Even Jesus needed time to be alone and time to reflect. Taking a walk, getting a breath of fresh air, enjoying quiet time in nature is not just “what the doctor ordered,” but how we can get back in touch with God’s Word. May you find some time to be at peace with the Lord. May you find some time to connect with God’s Word, observe nature, and spend some quiet time centering your thoughts and prayers and speaking to God.

Heavenly Father, Thank you, for the beauty of nature that surrounds me. I know, that in order to understand Your Word, I need to set aside time, dedicated time, devoted time, focused time, to read scripture and to reflect on what Your Word means for my daily life. Thank you. Lord, for giving me this special day and this special moment to breathe, to reflect, to share all my worries and to know that you keep me in your care.

--JML

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