Thursday, August 24, 2017
" I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of the horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
Nothing establishes us spiritually like prayer.We can read the scriptures, memorize and meditate, but prayer is the cement that holds the word in our hearts. I like to start my day with prayer, but I am not good about being the first one up in the morning.This is where the trouble begins. I can get side-tracked and off on many tangents. This morning I went to my room to be alone and my plan was to shampoo the carpets upstairs after I finished.
Can you see how I got off track? I started picking up small tables, clothing and other articles while I was in prayer. This can be a terrible mistake for me. I know that we can pray while we are doing chores, or cleaning, but this was supposed to be just Jesus, and I. I realized my dilemma, and fixed it immediately.Why do I choose the mundane over the eternal? Mostly because the mundane is staring me in the face!
Our verses today tell us to be patient; this is a character trait that can always get better with use. God is not on my schedule, nor does He always care what activity I am up to when He calls me to seek Him. I realize that the cleaning will always be there, but my time in His presence, and my relationship with Him comes first. He is faithful to hear my cry, and I want nothing other than to follow Him, but this means laying down my urgent plans, for the eternal. I am growing in these traits and I'm pretty sure that you are too.
Nothing that I do in a day will be done well if I don't lay down my heart before Him first. The chores will be done, but my attitude can be off. I may not have a song in my heart, which helps me to do those everyday continuous chores. Meditating on the Lord makes the time fly, and I don't focus on the activity at hand. Will the carpet be cleaned today, yes, will I sing, I hope so!