READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 10:11-24
Psalms: Psalms 42, 43
New Testament: Romans 5:12-21
Gospel: John 8:21-32
Evening Psalms: Psalms 85, 86
DEVOTIONALwake from my slumber in my tent, wrapped in the warm cocoon of my sleeping bag, to the sound of the birds welcoming the day. I slip out into the cool, crisp morning, not a soul is awake, but the world is alive; the light of a new day crests the peaks of the mountains, lighting the tops of the trees like candles on the altar. I marvel at the works of God.
“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The LORD will command His loving kindness in the daytime, And in the night his song shall be with me- A prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42: 7-8)
The hustle and bustle of my daily life, days filled with scurrying from school to work, appointment to appointment, activity to activity, frequently from sun up to sun down, limits my ability to fill my heart with God. I am driven by a culture of success and the need for more, drowning out the call of the Lord.
But sometimes less is more. At least once a month, I take time off, stop the hectic pattern of my life in this day and age, to take a group of Boy Scouts camping. I turn my scurrying into providing a service to others, teaching them skills they can use to be successful in life as well as how to be reverent. I teach them it is important to be quiet, literally and figuratively, to hear and see the wonders that God has provided. More importantly, I share with them something I believe: when we take the time to stop, reflect, listen and look around, our eyes are opened. We see more, hear more, feel more; and that is when I realize the Lord has been with me all along.
Lord, help me to remember that my success is not reflected in what I accomplish in the least amount of time possible. That I need to stop and listen to Your word and direction, take time to reflect, and have my eyes opened to the wonders that You have provided.
“…For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You Lord are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you.” ( Psalm 86:4-5) Amen.