Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. — Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)
Recently, I was in a hurry getting the children and myself ready for school. So, this particular morning, I picked up my shoes and made my way to the living room to sit down, as I encouraged the children to switch off and move away from their gadgets and get their paraphernalia together, in every sense.
As I bent forward to put on my shoes, I looked down and saw they were not a pair. They were different makes and both the same side of a pair. I was sure I had picked up two shoes together, which I had, but apparently not the right two shoes! Oh dear! So, off to the bedroom I went to find the companion to one set of shoes. In the process, I wondered how I had managed to misjudge so badly in picking up my shoes.
Sometimes, I am in a rush in the morning, half asleep. Okay, quite often, I am in a rush in the morning during term-time to get the children and myself into the car and off.
This school journey is something I will miss in September because Zoë goes up to start secondary school, and she will walk there with her friends. Zoë is usually quite talkative, and so, the car journey will be quieter, as Sophia will not have to compete with her elder sister to be heard, and hopefully, I will be better able to concentrate on the driving.
I know God wants to have a conversation with us in the morning. He asks us to put aside time to be quiet and peaceful in His presence, rather than being in too much of a rush to get on with the chores and tasks of the day ahead.
I often rush off into the day and find, not unlike my mismatched shoes, I have not brought my Travel Companion with me. In some manner, I have become one-sided, having left Jesus behind. So, this has left me in need to catch up with God through the day, relying on His grace, until I find Him the space so I am able to receive and to hear from Jesus, and in return, lift up those people and situations on my heart in need of prayer.
Let each one of us take time to pair up with God this morning, so we have checked in with Jesus before getting on with the chores of the day.
Lord, You are gracious and compassionate in the patience You show toward us every day. Please forgive us when we presume to get on with the day without inviting You into our lives and situations. Prompt us to remember You always want to be paired up with us and have a conversation. May we know Your presence with us and receive Your Word for us today.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
There have been times when I was glad to have two left boots, granted me by men who no longer neeed them.
They say that these are separate things,
our hopes and our dark fears.
But clarity is one things living brings
through the dichotomy of years.
There is an earthly interplay
of light and shade and grace
which taken together, points the way
along God’s faint thin trace.
Jesus, in His hope and dread
in the olive-press, Gethsemane,
would in His terror be harshly led
to win our final victory.
Keep your hope, but honour fear
for both are God’s vital compere.
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Hope and honor … have a blessed Sunday. Hope it’s bearable.
Not really bearable, Joe. but I’m OK.
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