I headed over the mountains to eldest daughter’s home.
The view never ceases to amaze me. As I drove, God and I had one of our talks. No one else was in the car. No one needed my attention (except the road). I took a deep breath or two or three and focused on praying. Seems like it takes a great deal of focus these days doesn’t it? There are cell phones, twitter, blogs, instagram, pinterest and humans all vying for our attention. Our lives can turn into a blog- hopping -tweet. When my Bible study turns into quotes I retweeted on twitter, it’s time to turn down the noise. The noise of the internet. The noise of the world. The noise that says I need to keep up,, I say it’s time to slow down and look at the holy around us. It’s there. It’s quiet. In the cleft of the rock, it whispers. It burns in a bush on a mountain top. Will I hike up (or drive) up in solitude to find it? I thought about bringing a book on cd to pass the time. Then I heard that still small voice, say , ‘no, wait on Me. I have some things to tell you.’ And He did. And there up in the cold mountain passes I heard the voice of the Lord. It wasn’t an audible voice. It was a whisper in the quiet recesses of mind and time. I felt His holiness. His shoes-off-your-feet-holiness. His quiet. His strength. His ‘I AM.’ He is enough. I am not. All my busy mind plans are nothing compared to His plan for my days. Nothing. The human mind cannot fathom His depth. He is wider than finite world we can see. He is deeper than the fathoms beneath the ocean surface. He is worthy of our time. Our praise. Our intentional study of His word. So, why do I often fail? Why does it take the constriction of a car to get me to see the holy?
I read. I study. I do. But, many times I have my to do list written before I ask what He wants me to do. I am not acknowledging Him in all my ways. I am acknowledging me and hoping He directs my paths. What about you? Do you need a road trip to pray? Oh, I pray. I have lists every day. I pray for my children. My friends. Those suffering. But, God is not a grocery list God. He is so much more. He longs for so much more. He longs to be gracious to us. He longs to tell us things we do not know. We do not need a teacher, He is there waiting to teach us the heighth, the depth and the width of His love. And all we have to do is show up. Just show up. Just set the time aside. The minutes. The half hours. The days. The time away from the distractions and full of His presence. God the father, the glory-one, the creator of things finite and infinite will not push His way in the front door. He waits to be invited. Let’s invite Him in.
“But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the troubles manfully]; for my Strength and Power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your weakness]. -2 Corinthians 12:9
So, if you like me have a mind racing weakness or a technology disorder, take courage. He is Strength in your weakness. He can meet you in mountains or your living room. He will meet you wherever you are willing -when you invite Him in.
Joining these lovely ladies: Holley Gerth and Kristin Hill Taylor.