For the past week or so I have noticed that I have not finished a cup of coffee while it was hot. I pour it into the cup, add cream and sugar and sit down with my Bible at the table. I am reading Ezekiel right now and I have to say…I am more of a Proverbs, Ephesians, James and Psalm kinda girl.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All of it…not just Psalm or Ecclesiastes…ALL scripture. It is pretty awesome to see how the prophecy given to Ezekiel was fulfilled when viewing this book parallel to others. But, I will admit that the heart connection is lacking for me this week as I walk through this book. The kids are raring to go in the morning. I have never EVER had late sleepers. So, they are usually at my elbow before I conclude my quiet time. I am knee deep in projects around the home and those are a little more challenging now that the kids are home from school. This week I have found myself running directly from quiet time, to not so quiet time, to project, to errand, to a summer activity and then back again. I am not currently engaged in a Bible study other than my daily reading and feel that I am lacking direction a bit. Add in the tragedy of a poor, sweet, murdered child just a skip and a jump from our home…a vigilant eye in protecting my own home and children…and a vibe from my hubby that reflects some stress at his work. I am scattered.
Now- back to my coffee. In my distraction and constant motion I have neglected my coffee. I have re-heated my coffee in the microwave and I have resorted to topping it off. Yesterday, it struck me. My relationship with the Lord this week has been much like that cup of coffee. I am eager to meet with Him in the morning but, become distracted and let my thoughts wander a bit. Before I know it, my quiet time has gone cold. The quality time I have with the Lord has not been quality at all. To pour a bit of hot coffee into a cold cup for a top off is to just settle for lukewarm coffee. Now I don’t know about you…but when I think “lukewarm” and “God”, the only thing that comes to mind is Scripture from Revelation.
I feel the same way about my coffee- and God feels the same way about me. Uggh.
One thing about this blog…you will find that I am writing day by day. This is MY journey and my daily interaction with the Lord on a daily basis. I am not going to sugar coat it or pretend to be perfect. It is quite obvious that I am not. I can admit when I am wrong and God smacks me upside the head quite often. The thing I want to really drive home here is that every day- we need to be paying attention. Looking for Him and listening for Him. God is present- even when I am not. But, I need to be present too. Not just present, but actively seeking.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
“All your heart”…not just part of it. Not just during the wee hours of my day…but all day long. Counting my blessings one by one and seeking His face. I can read His Word- but I won’t hear His Word if my ears, eyes and heart are focused elsewhere.
As I am taking this picture to add to this blog today I catch a glimpse of the cover on my Bible. Another reminder directly from His Word.