Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all people here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen. (Doxology)
Frustrated and anxious, I decided to slow down from my errands and take my pulse. “What’s up? Why so fitful, O my soul?” I connected immediately to the source of my unrest and sighed. The beauty of today was that there was no agenda and, the angst that nipped at my heels today was that…there was no agenda. Nothing to accomplish that might give me a sense that my life has purpose. In other words, the gift of a day off, free to play or rest or dig a hole or sleep! Instead of soaking it up I found myself restless and longing for something to fill that place within me…you know the place…the one that is God-shaped and only quieted by His presence.
My soul knew its longing would not be satiated by worthy deeds but rather, by drawing near to God and finding my “Amen” …the one that was waiting to be sung to Him!
We say “Amen” at the end of prayers as a way of affirming whatever has been prayed. It means “ Yes! So be it. It is true.” We do the same thing with our lives and daily live in affirmation of that which we believe and value most. We spend our time, energy and money according to the treasures of our hearts and over a lifetime, we declare a holy or unholy “Amen” to whatever has captured our imaginations. Think about it. If someone were observing your days, and all the choices you make, what would they conclude about your values and deepest beliefs? Is your life being lived and prayed in adoration and thanksgiving to God…or, are the cares of this world usurping your “Amens”? The question to ponder is:
“What are you saying “Amen” to with your life?
It was 5:00pm and I decided to take a muddy walk toward some horses and cows that were feeding on the land next to ours. As I watched my feet hunt for dry patches, I became aware of a gentle breeze that beckoned me to notice the Companion of the ages who walked alongside me. In that moment, I felt myself exhale the angst of the day and draw in a deep breath of peace. All worry evaporated as I was roused from my stupor and awakened to the reality of God with me. What a happy “Amen” that bubbles up within us whenever we enter God’s fellowship. There we encounter THE Amen, the Faithful One, the True Witness, the Beginning…and there, in the middle of His “Yes” to us, we find our own “Amen” spilling out of us in praise!
“Thank you, Father, for nestling up close and helping me to feel your company today. I confess that I live too often saying “Amen” to things that are passing away…like, the comforts of the day, or making life all about me. Lead me into Your presence and fill my heart with praise. Amen!”
What about you?
What are you saying amen to with your life?
Are you aware when God is beckoning you into His presence?
When your soul is restless, how do you draw near to God?
Have you experienced God’s “Yes” over your life?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
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