Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Sometimes it helps me to stop and reflect on where I've been in my journey. I have a journal that i pick up and fill a page of about once a month. In the journal I usually choose a scripture verse that I've maybe heard alot or am very familiar with and I try to draw out the richness of its meaning. It can be so easy to read over and skim verses we "know." What we neglect to remember is that the scriptures are filled with meaning not just from one angle but from many. The more we look at them and turn them around in our minds and hearts the more they show us.
I like to pick up my journal and read through it every once in a while. I can see where I have been painted on the pages of my journal. I remember the power that a verse has when you read it anew. the scriptures are alive! I like to sit and clear out all the rush and daily frustrations and just reflect on scripture... or even more I'll sit and just think about how great God is.
People often talk about devotional time as a very academic experience. I often hear "in my devotion I learned..." what if we just stopped learning for a second?
One of my favorite things to do is go to the driving range and hit golf balls, there I feel total release. I often find myself paused after a drive just looking out at the green grass and blue sky. Some of my best devotion times are right there at the golf course. Stop and think for a moment. Think about the beauty of God... His love... His mercy... His compassion. I find that the more we dive in to the depth of Gods word and His attributes the more we forget how much we love Him. That's what it's about isn't it? Love! Is it about love for you? Or has the romance faded?
Have you forgotten the simple beauty of God?
Maybe sometime this week go back and read a scripture verse that you know? And try forgetting that you already "get it" (because you're fooling yourself anyway). Allow God to speak to you the simple words again. Forget the big words and the Hebrew words and the Greek words and hear once again His words. Remember that God may be as simple as He is difficult. Maybe you'll hear Him say "I love you" or "It's ok, I forgive you." Remember that in the end it's about love and God is crazy about you.
See it again for the first time. Gaze it from again from a new perspective.