Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Getting Ready

Yesterday was another trip to the doctor, and we set up everything for the arrival of the new one. We are only 11 days away from welcoming thi little one into the world, and there is a lot we need to do before that happens.

So we have made sure that the room is ready, the crib is up, diapers are ordered (yes, we get them online nowadays and get a nice little discount too), and have Sierra practicing her singing so that she can sing Wheels on the Bus when it comes home.

There are always so many things to do, so much to get ready for when you are preparing for a big event in life. And as I continue to put clothes into the dresser and make sure we have enough burp rags, I keep thinking of more and more things that need to be done.

Getting ready is a full time job.

Throughout our lives there are so many things that we need to get ready for. We need to get ready in the morning, get ready for a meal, get ready for a meeting, and the list goes on and on. But how are we at getting ready for the spiritual side of life?

This seems to be one area in life that we let slide. we have so many other things on our mind, so much more to get ready for, that the spiritual side doesn't always get the attention we need.

But getting ready for the spiritual part of life is needed too. For me, this means going to a place where I will not be distrubed for a while - like the prayer room in the church or closing my door in the office - home doesn't work well with a 3-year-old:)

It also means having the right matierials with me - Bible, pen, paper, and whatever devotional I am working with at the time.

Sometimes I also prepare by having a candle lit, burning some incense, or playing music - depending on my mood at the time.

When these preparations are in place, when I have gotten ready, I notice that the time I spend with God is more fruitful in the end.

So may you be blessed by getting ready for your time with God. May you experience his presence in a profound way, and may you see the face of Christ today.

1 comment:

Betty Dygart said...

As "ready" as we may think we are, there are always surprises. I have come to a stage in my life when I take things somewhat slower, have more patience with myself, and give myself more time. Of course, I do not have a full-time job anymore, and that helps immensely.

Somehow, when I am spiritually connected, everything seems to go better. What a difference a good night's sleep can make, or a good talking session with someone I enjoy being around. These things, too, build my spirituality.

Attending a rousing Bible study does good, too. Anything that gets me away from my petty worries and concerns, (which can seem monumental during times of stress), is helpful.

Today I received a "thank you" from my niece for the memorial I sent to her on behalf of her 22-year-old son. John was found dead in his Chicago apartment a day before I was scheduled to fly to Florida to move Nathan back to Wisconsin, so I was not able to attend the funeral or wake.

In her note, she says, "Enjoy your time with Nathan as much as you can, because his life is your life. That's the way I felt about John." My eyes filled with tears for her pain and sorrow. John's death is another of those things we can not "prepare for," but maintaining our spirituality can see us through it.

I pray for Beverly, that she regain and maintain her spiritual connectiveness, and is able to mourn, but also able to see herself out of her sorrow.