Read Proverbs 24
I passed by the field of one who was lazy,
by the vineyard of a stupid person;
and see, it was all overgrown with thorns;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
Then I saw and considered it;
I looked and received instruction.
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want, like an armed warrior.
Proverbs 24: 30-34
In 2008 I traveled to the Holy Lands with an extension trip to Egypt. It was a blessed trip! What an incredible journey to be able to see where Jesus was born, lived, healed, laughed, dined, prayed, taught, died, buried, and came to his disciples in resurrection. We traveled the route Moses took when he lead the Israelites out of slavery. Sites along the way were the burning bush, the well in the land of Midian, and the Holy Mount Sinai where Moses encountered God.
In Egypt, we traveled to many archeological sites which included the tombs of Kings and Queens. They are towering structures in height and large in length. Large clay figures stand in rows along the front as if providing protection to the tomb. The platform on which the clay figures stood was taller than the average human; the figures themselves, commanding you to strain your neck back to look up and see their faces. They were extremely large. What struck me on the visit was the detail that the tombs had been lost through the years, covered in the sands of time. I remember thinking how could such a large impressive structure get lost?
As I read the proverb quoted above, it reminded me of the tombs. If something so large and commanding in physical presence could become lost, what about our spiritual lives, which are elusive and ethereal. Left unattended, they grow hard, cold, thorny, or simple seem to dissolve.
The wisdom in the proverb reminds us to pay attention to our spiritual life; to be attentive to God, who is always there. It is easy to become slack; believing we know enough or have a strong enough connection to God without having to pay attention. However, many days of forgetting God allows the sand of our life to pile up. Instead of the goodness, beauty, mercy, love and grace of God flowing freely through us; we find doubts, fears, anxiety, and the ways of the culture covering God’s grace.
One way to assist in your attentiveness to God is by using the Upper Room Daily devotional. Each day’s reading is about a quarter page size, containing scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Books are available in the narthex. Keep the book conveniently near the space you enjoy morning coffee. As you begin your day, read the devotional as a way of inviting God into the day. If you are too busy in the morning to sit and read, keep a copy in your vehicle. When you arrive at your destination, take a moment to thank God for safely arriving and then share in the day’s reading. Notice how this makes a difference in your life.
As you attend to God daily, may you be delighted, your joy complete, to see God already waiting there for you.
In Christ’s Light and Love,