Weapons Of Mass Distraction

distractionsWhy should I spend an hour with the Lord when I do little with that time but think about people I am angry with or who are upset with me, books and pages that I need to read, and dozens of other silly things that happen to grab my mind for a moment?

The answer is because God is greater than my mind and my heart, and what is happening in this hour is not measurable in human success and failure. If I love God with my whole heart, mind and soul, then I should be able to spend an hour a day alone with the one I love. The remarkable thing is that sitting in the presence of God for one hour, day after day, week after week, month after month, even in total confusion and with myriad distractions actually, radically changes my life. Afterwards, I might think that the hour was useless, but after thirty or sixty or ninety such useless hours, I realize that a very small, gentle voice has been speaking to me far beyond my noisy mind, and life has moved on in the right way.

Adapted from Henri Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak.

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Pat G

I really “get ” what Henri was saying. I don’t spend an hour every day, but I do have the retired woman’s privilege of time with God every day. And yes, some of it is stuff that clutters, but what I discover that slowly He gets in so that at the end there is direction- either send a card to someone or must phone those people, or thank God for space to be with Him and wallow. I don’t understand any of it, but recognise how wonderful it is to be close to God- like Nehemiah, the cup- bearer to a king. You can’t get much closer than the cup- bearer or be trusted to pour the (un)poisoned drink into the King’s cup. Trust is essential for a king and his servant, the cup- bearer.. What a wonderful relationship and key to my walk with God in the last months. God bless you as you seek His face today.


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