Daily Bread September 16

Take Time to Wait for the Lord!
Diane Goold of Saint Joseph, MO, USA

…those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
  they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
  they shall walk and not faint. -Isaiah 4:31

I was rushing today to get some things done. I started with a water aerobics class, proceeded to do a little shopping, and rushed to make a chiropractic appointment. While being treated my mind raced forward, thinking of things that still needed to be done.

At the end of the treatment, my chiropractor placed me on a therapeutic bed with rollers that move up and down my body. It massages away aches and pains and helps my tightly wound body relax. While lying there, my mind went to busy mode again, and I thought about jumping up, not waiting for the ten-minute session to end.

A small voice in my head told me to stop fretting and to relax and enjoy the massage I was receiving. As I focused on the moment, I realized this was just as important as any other activity I needed to do, maybe even more so. As I relaxed, I felt the benefit of the table rollers moving up and down my body from neck to thigh. It felt great! I then realized it would be a week before I could enjoy this ten-minute rest again. So I quieted my impatient mind and allowed myself to fall under the spell of pampered relaxation.

Are we like this with God? Do we rush around, then stop for just a second to talk to him? Do we put it off until a better time? Are we so concerned with our activities that we fail to realize the most important one of all is spending some quiet, peaceful time with God?

Next time you’re tempted to rush through or put off reading the scriptures, meditate, or spend time in meaningful prayer, pause and remember that spending time with our Lord is precious. It’s to be enjoyed, not rushed through. Take time to wait for the Lord and your strength will certainly be renewed, just as the scripture passage promises.

Prayer Phrase

Help us see beyond our dark places and find our way closer to your loving light.

Spiritual Practice

Healing for Broken Spirits

Begin with quiet prayer. Ask God to help you detect some “sore places” in the body of Christ and God’s creation. Become aware of people who feel separated, wounded, or left out. Reflect on or write a short journal entry of healing words to at least one person who comes to mind. Ask God for words that will touch this person’s broken spirit like healing ointment. Keep this person in your heart and prayers today and act on any ideas that come to bring blessing and wholeness.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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