It took a few weeks of making changes in our schedules and looking for places to stay, but our family finally reserved a long summer weekend at one of our all time favorite places. I’ve been promised that afternoon rafting is included. It’s taken years to perfect our rafting. I’m not talking about the sport but rather the art of it. We have a favorite spot in our go-to river that allows us to float most of the way as we enjoy the warmth of the sun, the wonder of the river, and one another. The thing is . . . the float trip is not about the destination . . . but about the experience of it. A rare gift.
I’m convinced more than ever, to be aware of the gift of the day requires making space, taking time away from the to-do list, and seeking God. Awareness of God creates vision to see more. YET. It’s not always easy to do; there are more than enough days with challenges and circumstances, which need to be managed like a raft headed down a wild river on a stormy winter day. The wild-ride kind of days do come. Ask anyone. I’m experienced enough with life to know that it’s not always going to be a blue sky, calm river type of day. But. I do know that each day holds its own gifts, whether I’m aware or not.
God is God. And, the gift of the day is found when we seek God first, before anyone and anything else. I love the Message’s translation of it in Isaiah 40:27-31:
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
Awareness of God changes the day; there’s a fresh strength received that makes anything possible, even when it’s a wild-ride kind of day.
I pray you will make space . . . we created a place . . to intentionally seek . . . and to share it with others.
We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication for March in a couple of weeks. We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.