“I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I have set my heart on your laws.
I hold fast to your statutes, LORD;
Do not let me be put to shame.
I run in the path of your commands,
For you have broadened my understanding.”
PSALM 119: 30-32 (NIV)
A beautiful summer storm. Lightning is flickering in the distance and I grab my camera. It has been a very hot day with lots of noise and impromptu schedules.
I’m not sure how long I attempted to capture this magnificent light show, however, I am sure it was brief- I was out of energy, imagination, patience. All I could think, as the bolts taunted me with their quickness, was: “this is an awful lot like fishing…and it’s NOT my thing!”
How quickly I had dismissed the wonder I have been desperately wanting to capture for so long! Why? Because of a lack of focus from too many distractions.
Confession of the morning: yesterday was a day in the jumbled fast-lane of life because I did NOT take the extra time to FOCUS on my relationship with God before setting out to tackle my ” to-do” list.
Sure, I prayed. I assured myself I would be perfectly grounded- after all, wasn’t I conversing with my Father all day, anyway?
The ultimate answer is, NO. I wasn’t perfectly grounded. I talked to God all day, alright! Pleadingly! “Lord, save me” prayers were quite frequent, actually.
So, after a nudge from the Holy Spirit, I am sitting here in the morning hours with the Word of God opened on my lap. I’m surrounded with my usual: coffee in my favorite bright yellow giraffe-print mug, 3 different media divices, my journal and journaling pen, and 2 sweet dogs (who are patiently awaiting our usual morning survey of the back yard.) Most importantly, I am surrounded with My Father’s wisdom. I’m saturating my soul in His grace. It feels amazing!
One of the most amazing and astounding gifts: sight. God recently blessed me with a completely different set of eyes: eyes that see Him in an astoundly brilliant majestic way. A way with no fitting explanation. It is truly beautiful and I NEVER want to cover this sight with blurred vision or distraction.
My prayer: Father, Open our eyes so they my TRULY SEE how BEAUTIFULLY WILD AND EXCITING AND AMAZING YOU ARE! let us see through the distractions in this world: the unimportant details, politics, cultures and all the distractions which aren’t needed in our journeys with You. I PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME, LORD! Thank you for your LOVE and MERCY given freely!
In Jesus’ Precious Name, AMEN
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