When I read the words on today’s featured image, something was stirred within.
What a wonderful thought to position myself for the day and week ahead.
Such a marvellous reminder to intentionally make time to come nearer to Jesus – the One who has “fed me so long.”
I rode my bike to church yesterday morning – 1 hour, 22 minutes – so I had plenty of time to pray. There wasn’t much traffic so I didn’t need to be too vigilant about my surroundings and I was able to focus on my conversation with Jesus. I thought through my spiritual journey and I found myself praising God for a few minutes, thanking Him for His love, protection, provision and strength through the trials and joys of my life in Him – 45 years of Him being over me.
Every time you draw your breath, you suck in mercy. Thomas Watson
These are the moments that move me to stop.
Sounds like an odd choice of words but my experience is that stopping requires movement for me – strategically moving away from distractions and anxieties, temptations and commitments, relationships and clock-watching duties. Don’t get me wrong – I believe that we can see Jesus in every moment of our day, no matter where we are or what we’re doing. I believe that the ordinariness of life is the perfect window through which we see God’s hand at work but to draw close to Him, to make time to “remember when”, to appreciate new attributes of His character and to read His Word?
Well, that takes intention.
So, I stop – even it’s for a short time.
Oh, how I desire to deeply experience the endless depth and breadth of God’s love.
If you took the love of all the best mothers and fathers who have lived in the course of human history, all their goodness, kindness, patience, fidelity, wisdom, tenderness, strength, and love and united all those qualities in a single person, that person’s love would only be a faint shadow of the furious love and mercy in the heart of God the Father addressed to you and me at this moment.”
Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God