In her sermon on Sunday, Pastor Pat talked about looking for God everyday. She told the story of being in a town in Switzerland for a retreat and hearing the church bells ring every half hour. At first she found the bells to be distracting. Then she allowed the bells to do their job - call her into prayer. The bells reminded her of God's constant presence.
Pat encouraged us to find something simple to call us into prayer. She suggested that each time we walk through a door that we be reminded of God's presence. She also suggested that we pray when we are stopped at a traffic light.
Her sermon helped me to come up with a simple reminder in my life. I drink a lot of water. Each sip of water could remind me of God's gifts to me. So, this week I am using my water glass and water bottle to call me to God. With each drink, I pray "nourish me, God" or "thank you for nourishing me, God."
The Psalmist writes:
"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?" (Psalm 42:1-2)
Our souls thirst for God. We long for God. We yearn for God's presence, warm embrace, and loving touch. Yet, we so often forget to take the precious time to be in touch with God. We simply forget to check-in with our Lord.
Is your prayer life a little dry these days? Is your spiritual life a little dormant? If so, then I echo Pastor Pat's invitation to find an everyday item that will call you into prayer. Find something that will help you to check-in with God.
Walking through a door
Stopping at a traffic light
Taking a sip of water
Your phone ringing
The bell to change classes at school
An alarm at the top of each hour
Typing in a password
What simple, everday, common-place activity do you do that could trigger a response of prayer? What might remind you of God's constant presence?
What might you try this week? Let me know how it goes.
Ever-present Lord, call me into your presence. Call me to prayer. Remind me that you are there and you want to spend some time with me. Show me your love for me and help me to respond with thanksgiving. Amen.