It amazes me how God speaks to us. It would be nice if sometimes he would just pop into my head and SPEAK to me, but then of course I would be completely terrified, so He never does (Thank you God!). Instead he speaks to me through other people, scripture passages, situations, devotions, His creation or however He can get through to me. It seems for me though, as long as I am listening, He mostly speaks to me during my quiet time with Him.
And there is the rub…I must be having quiet time with Him, or I am going to miss much of what God has to say to me.
We have been here for a week today – 7 days. By the time we leave we will have been her for eight days, but one of those was our shopping overload day yesterday – so 7 days of prayer.
(Has anyone else caught the significance of 7 people coming here to pray for 7 days? – I am sure I remember that number having significance)
We have spent a lot of time praying and speaking to God, listening and watching for answers to our prayers. And He HAS answered prayers since we have been here. If I had to guess, I would say HE LIKES HAVING US TO HIMSELF FOR A WEEK!
Anyway, I am rambling a bit, but here is what compelled me to write this morning, what I would call an “extra” blog post. When I have time and I remember (of course) I do a daily devotional from Our Daily Bread. Many of you reading this may be familiar. Today’s devotional is about the distractions that take us away from our fellowship with God. Our busy lives and work getting in the way of our relationship with Him. The passage for the day is:
Luke 10:38-42 –
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
So I say to myself…why this passage and why today?
We are leaving tomorrow evening to return home to our busy lives. After spending a week concentrating on fellowship with God and my Christian family, is God sad that I will be returning to the things that distract me from Him? I believe I hear Him this morning, and He is saying don’t go. Not don’t go home, but don’t go back to having “life” get in the way of our relationship with Him.