Work continues on my sermon for Sunday. Several interruptions to date and haven’t had the time to just sit and chew through my notes to self about the topic until this afternoon. If you ever hear me preach, you can almost always take to the bank that I am speaking from recent dealings by God in my life. I think the most powerful sermons are usually soul-bearing to some degree. And this is not any different.
It is so easy to get caught up in "doing life" that we forget to stay plugged into the Source of life. Talk about walking the tight-rope without a net or in our case for Sunday, racing the Tour de France without any training. Are you serious? How idiotic would that be. We would never consider doing such a thing but yet we race through life in this manner. I have been doing that for awhile – actually, most of the summer I confess. And it is catching up with me. I feel chaotic, out-of-sorts, ungrounded. I feel like I am making decisions and choices in a haphazard manner. I’m wheezing on the Tour de Faith and need to just pull over, throw back a cold glass of Living Water and get back to the journey.
I wanted to share these two quotes that I was reflecting on today in preparation for not only my sermon but for me to return to soul-care by God:
"There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive. It is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us." – Brother Lawrence from The Practice of the Presence of God
"Earth’s crammed with Heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees takes off his shoes. The rest sit round and pluck blackberries." – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Take off your shoes with me and taste that the Lord is good –