“Half way through” has a way of making me stop and think. July 4th has a way of making me stop and consider how I’m using my summer, since it’s “half way through.” Our daughter is off to college in one month; we’ll have one son at home. As far as launching kids go, you might say we are “half way through.” It’s healthy to stop in the middle to look back on where we’ve been, how we’re doing, and where we’re going from here. This month at Do Not Depart, we’re considering the fruit our lives bear, but we’re also sharing some of our favorite posts from the first half of the year. When I started looking back at my posts, I landed all the way back in January. God used my own words to remind me of the danger of being too busy to do the most important things.
“There’s one more thing,” the plumber said, “Do you know where your main water cut off is?” Indicted by his simple question, I wondered how I could have ignored something so basic, especially when we’ve had a major “water episode.”
“What would you do if you needed to turn off your water?” He asked.
“Call you? Call my husband? Call my neighbor?” I smiled. He wasn’t charmed.
“I’m going to show you where your water source is. You don’t want to wait until you need it to find out where it is.”
If you haven’t cultivated prayer’s knee-worn path before a flood rushes in, now is a good time to begin. We don’t want to wait until we need it to find out where it is. Theologian Armin Gesswein said, “God’s throne is the busiest place in all the universe because everything centers there. Yet, the lack of prayer on earth keeps it from operating at full capacity.” Most of us say we’re too busy to pray. I was once too busy to find the water source in our house, and I paid a high price. Read the rest …
“I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live” (Ps. 116:1-2).