My neighbor is sitting out on the porch again. Looks like he’s retired. His yard it immaculate, and sometimes I see him staring at his garden, daring weeds to grow so he can pluck them out, or polishing the glass lamp covers by his front door. He’s a guy with time on his hands.
I however, am not. I’m weeding my garden – with this weather I’m amazed how everything is wilting but the weeds somehow manage to thrive. I’m feeling the heat of the day and the pressure of all that I need to accomplish before it is through. On my way back in the house, I glance over at my neighbor again. He is peaceful and still, watching the street go by, ready and waiting for friendlier and freer neighbors than I to come and visit on his porch. Feeling guilty, I slink inside.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that it’s futile to try to add prayer to my to-do list. Over the years, if I don’t intentionally create space to meet with God, my communion with Him falls by the wayside, a victim of my type A personality and some of the predominant spirits of the age – busyness, productivity, technology and entertainment.
Which is why I’m going to fast non work related media for the week of 24/7 prayer we are hosting August 19 – 26. No tv, movies, youtube, superfluous texting (did I really need to rofl?), fiction and recreational facebook! I’ve done it before, and am amazed how twitchy I get the first day, and how peaceful I am by the end, my interior space expanded and uncluttered.
I wanted to invite you to join me. In the media fast, and in the week of 24/7 prayer. Make some room for God and then make a pilgrimage to the UHaul truck that we’ve decked out as a creative arts prayer room. Explore connecting with your Creator through painting, hand drumming, weaving, and even origami!
You can signup on our online calendar at http://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/20d91c
Together lets make some space for God. Who knows? He may fill it with Himself…