My friend, may I ask you a question? When we draw aside into a quiet place to pray, does that make it more possible to block out our busy world and open our hearts to the Father? Will our darkened world of disappointments and trials then be illuminated as we enter into communion with God?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
I’m always so busy, I hardly have time to think! Do you even find yourself saying this? Most of us do from time to time. Yesterday as I was preparing to go to the office I carefully put an envelope to be mailed in the breast pocket of my jack- et. I put a deposit envelope for the bank in my shirt pocket. Then I gathered up my lunch for the day and pushed that into my briefcase--found my sunglasses, located my car keys, turned off the lights, put on my sunglasses and then headed for the door. Suddenly, I remembered that I had to put a deposit into the bank. I searched everywhere for that envelope. And, even thought I had put it into my shirt pocket only seconds earlier, it took me nearly five minutes of turning things over, walking from room to room and fretting before I discovered it in my shirt pocket. When busyness becomes our business, thinking and doing are pulled apart; no less our faith life when we allow busyness to overtake devotion.
Here’s a story: One evening a speaker who was visiting the United States wanted to make a telephone call. He entered a phone booth, but found it to be different from those in his own country. It was beginning to get dark, so he had difficulty finding the number in the directory. He noticed that there was a light in the ceiling, but he didn’t know how to turn it on. As he tried again to find the number in the fading twilight, a passerby noted his plight and said, “Sir, if you want to turn the light on, you have to shut the door.” To the visitor’s amazement and satisfaction, when he closed the door, the booth was filled with light. He soon located the number and completed the call. (Today in the Word, June 29, 1992.)
In a similar way, when we draw aside in a quiet place to pray, we need to block out our busy world and open our hearts to the Father. Our darkened world of disappointments and trials will then be illuminated as we enter into communion with God, sense His presence, and find the assurance of His love for us. We need to get into the habit of putting away the things that block us from knowing how to simply turn on the light of spiritual understanding in our lives. Sometimes it’s as simple as knowing when to be quiet, and shutting the door on all the busyness in this life.
We pray. Heavenly Father. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). O Lord, will our darkened world of disappointments and trials be illuminated as we enter into communion with You, and will we sense Your presence, and find the assurance of Your love for us? Forgive us Lord when we need to get into the habit of putting away the things that block us from knowing You, because we simply don’t turn on the light of spiritual understanding in our lives. Thank you for Your Spirit which enables us to know that it’s as simple as knowing when to be quiet, and shutting the door on all the busyness in this life In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
(We also pray today for our brother, Dr. Bobbie Minor and his Karen. She is now battling cervical cancer. Pray for the Minors today and ask the Lord to make this a blessing in their life. If He deems it good, ask Him to grant them a cure and total remission. In Jesus Name, Amen!)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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