The picture below is our fridge earlier this week.
We NEEDED to go shopping. One of the major adjustments for us moving to Vermont was grocery shopping. Before Vermont we were within ten minutes of five major grocery stores. Now it takes a while to get to any larger grocery stores.
We were supposed to go grocery shopping early last week. We thought, “Well, we can make it ‘til Saturday, since we’ll be in Lebanon anyway.” Saturday plans were cancelled. Then we thought, “Well, we can make it ‘til Monday, since we’re going up to Gove Hill.” Monday plans were cancelled. Tuesday wouldn’t work with the town meeting. Wednesday didn’t work with meetings and such. I finally went shopping yesterday!
Our relationship with God can go in a similar direction. We start to get busy. We tell ourselves, “Tomorrow I’ll read my Bible.” The next day we tell ourselves, “I’ll spend time with God praying tomorrow. I’ll have more time then.” Before you know it a month has gone by and we feel like we’re running on low (like my fridge).
Lent is beginning on Wednesday. Lent is the period of time that we prepare for Easter. Lent is a good time to refocus ourselves on cultivating our relationship with God. After the kids go to bed we can give up one show that we kind of sort of like and read Philippians. We can wake up a half hour early and thank God for all He’s done in our lives. We can unplug from technology for an afternoon and enjoy God’s creation by skiing. We can take some steps to carve out time with God.
Here’s a prayer that can get you started:
you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
(Psalm 63:1-8 NIV)
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.