“...I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditat
ion be sweet to him…” Psalm 104:33-34
“Don’t Rush. Take time to think, think, think.” Winnie the Pooh
Imagine driving several miles away from your house only to realize you forgot your phone. A panic sets in because you know you’ll be late to wherever you are going if you return to the house to retrieve the precious instrument that directs so many moments of your day. But how do you survive the day without a phone - a smartphone? This was the norm for many of us 25 years ago. We left the house everyday, walking away from the “land line” phones plugged into our walls at home. We drove miles and no one could reach us. Emergencies had to wait until we were in another building with another land line telephone. For some of you, it may be impossible to wrap your brains around this other truth: we would even go on road trips, driving hundreds of miles, without a phone. If the car broke down, we either had to walk to the closest gas station or hang a white handkerchief (a cloth tissue for those of you who may be puzzled by the word) on the car’s antennae to alert a passing police officer we were in trouble. Just 20 to 30 years ago, people would experience long periods of “white space,” blank periods of time in which our thoughts could wander. We pondered as we waited for our ride to pick us up from school or church events. We pondered as we rode our bikes or drove in our cars. There wasn’t a device buzzing in our pockets or hands every few seconds interrupting our thoughts. We weren’t receiving MSN’s “breaking news” every five seconds. We were free to think. Combine this ability to think with thoughts about God and/or Holy Scripture, and it adds up to very powerful, spiritual moments - holy moments that offer an abundance of benefits to living in a world inundated with temptations and suffering. Today, so many of us ask Alexa or Siri questions throughout the day. What spiritual insight or growth might take place if we asked the big questions to a big God throughout the day? What practical steps do we take to find this white space for thinking and meditating? We’ll address that in tomorrow’s devotion. In the meantime - think about it.
Carefully read Psalm 1. Ask God to help you be that person:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.