“The Interior Life…”

“The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him.  

“Acts 17:26-27”

 

During this Lenten season we will be focusing on our interior lives, that part of ourselves where our spirit lives. Normal daily activity doesn’t do much in the way of nurturing this part of us.

Unless you have a very deep and ingrained prayer life, most of our daily activities drain us instead of filling us. School, work, kids activities, family needs – we run from sun up to sun down just trying to make it through the day. Maybe, on a good day, we try to exercise or eat right in an attempt to take care of our physical selves. Maybe, on a good day, we make a call or drop a text to sustain a relationship. But on a normal day, when there is more to do than I have hours or energy, I struggle to just keep my head above water. Maybe you find yourself in this situation too.

So, in this season of reflection on the life Christ died to provide for us, I invite you to journey with me as I lay claim to the above scripture from the Book of Acts. In this passage, God promised to give me “plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after Him.”

We will be reflecting on how we are currently spending the time we are given. We will seek God in a myriad of different ways. And, hopefully, we will become better acquainted with our spiritual sides that we so often neglect.

For today, let’s start simply. If you live in a place that allows you to do so, go outside for 10 minutes. If you can’t go outside, pick a quiet place if you can. It may be after your kids are in bed. It may be in your car or the shower. God will meet you wherever you are.

Spend just a few minutes with our scripture for today and ask God the following questions:

Dear Lord,

Where is the space? Where is the time? You say you are providing me with all I need to seek You. Reveal to me anything that I have created that stands in the way of our relationship. And, if necessary, help me to change my life to fit Your well-ordered plan for me.

In Christ’s holy name I pray,

Amen

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