Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 2:1-13
Morning Psalms: Psalms 61, 62
New Testament: Romans 1:16-25
Gospel: John 4:43-54
Evening Psalms: Psalms 68

DEVOTIONAL


“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
(Jeremiah 2:13)

When Felton and I were students at Virginia Tech, we did a lot of hiking. One of our favorite hikes was around Mountain Lake. A couple of years ago, Felton and I went to Mountain Lake and were surprised to see that the water level had dropped, so it was just a pond. We found out, rather than being a typical lake that is fed by springs of water, it is fed by rain and could not sustain itself during the recent draughts. When it became barren, it exposed its secrets, including the body of a man who drowned in the lake in 1921.

I have had times in my life when I am like Mountain Lake -- not being fed by “the spring of living water”. Those are times when I am not reading the Bible or belong to a Bible study, or not going to church, or going but not being fully present. I let myself be distracted by activities and “to do” lists. Like Mountain Lake, my soul begins to drain and become parched. Other times, when I read the Bible and am fully present at worship and Bible studies, I feel more balanced and resilient.

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”
(Psalms 62:5)

Help me to focus on You and be fully present in You. Help me to be fully present in my actions, and may they glorify You.

SJ


No comments: