Wednesday, February 25, 2009

i am dust...

It's my goal to read a little bit each day out of "The Practice of the Presence of God" as a part of my Lenten fast. Don't know what I'm giving up yet though... Lent is something that I look forward to, in a strange, creepy, dark sorta way. It's also followed by Easter which is my favorite time of year, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

It is said that every part of your day can become an act of worship. Cleaning, sleeping, driving, writing in a blog can all be God-honoring activities. For some reason I believe this (although I'm not sure how it's done), and I believe that God can speak to us, and we to him, throughout the day. I said I believe this, but it's more than that. I'm really curious, really eager to know what that's like because it sounds cool. I also don't believe that self-serving, pious, religious acts done for self-sanctification and holy preservation are the point of Christ's death and resurrection, so it's my goal that in this exercise I am able to listen more to the voice of God and the prompting of the Spirit... so that I can be a better servant to others.

"God is closer than you think." He is all around us, calling our names at the top of his heavenly lungs, stretching out to get our attention all the time, but we're too wrapped up in our "stuff" to hear what he has to say. Sometimes my "stuff" is good stuff distracting me from the best stuff, but sometimes I'm just up to no good. Either way, I've got to get better at reaching out to others.

In Michelangelo's "Creation" Adam sits lazily on some sort of recliner, while God the Father with all the hosts of angles at his side is making a beeline for him. God is making every effort, using all his strength to be with Adam, all Adam has to do is lift a finger. My prayer is to lift my finger more often knowing that God is trying to tell me something.