February 15, 2010
The Great Conversation
That's not good now, is it? To just cruise through life.....work, home, laundry, picking up kids from schools, dinner, plop in front of the television, go to bed, etc etc.
I was just reading my daughter Hannah's blog in which she reveals a fraction of what she has been doing this year. It is amazing what a year of concentrating on Who God is and learning to listen to Him and acting on that each minute will do for a human. It's been a good year for her. I have had times like that in my life, but not so long a time. The longest I can recall was a summer spent in the mountains of New Mexico working at a conference center. I had a lot of free time there and I spent a lot of it in God's Word, in the forest being quiet and listening for Him to speak.
And He did. It was one of the most lonely, thoughtful, enjoyable times that I can remember in my life. In our Bible study group that summer we studied the Sermon on the Mount....Jesus' basic instruction on life really.
And now I am wondering how I've let myself get so far from that simple faith. Busyness of life, yes. But life will be busy. I have to make time to be quiet, to quiet my mind. If we quiet down, He will speak to us. I think He wants to speak to us more than anything. God is an active being. He's not on cruise...not ever. And the time is short, so I think more than ever we need a reminder to listen and obey.
The school Hannah goes to calls it 'soaking'. Taking time to sit before God, enjoy His presence and listen. Prayer is good, but we have to listen too because prayer is a conversation.
The season of Lent is beginning this week. Six weeks until Easter. It always has me wondering what I need to add or subtract from my life each year. This year I definitely need to add some quietness....time to listen because I know He is speaking and who would want to miss that?
Do you? ;)