So we all have things to do, places to go, people to see and such right? Your busy right? Me too. Life happens. Sometimes it gets in the way of our plans.
I like having a plan. I feel secure when I have a plan. I don't get nervous if I have a plan. I like when my plans come to fruition.
I like schedules. I feel good when I have a schedule. I like when my schedules work well.
I like to.......be in control.
But, did you ever realize that we are not actually in control? God is in control.
I was reminded of this fact this morning.
I woke up and had my day planned... where I needed to go, what I needed to do, the people I needed to see and speak to and most importantly what those people needed to do for me.(yes, there is a re-occuring theme of "my needing" here....stay with me.) I knew what I needed to do. I had a schedule! I was in control of my day! Yay me!
Now, usually after I get up I read from a daily devotional that I absolutely love. This morning I didn't do it right away, I thought I would wait. Was there a little voice tugging at me telling me to stop and do my reading? Yes. Did I ignore it? Yes.
I kept doing the things I needed to do.That little tugging voice got louder. I still ignored it.
Just a couple more things to do and then I could sit and do my reading in peace. That was my plan.
Finally I sat down and did my reading. The very first sentence in the devotional was "Come to God with all of your needs." The two scripture references were
"Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise." and
The Words was the source of life and this life brought light to the people."
Uh...wow. God got me. He was telling me that my security, my feeling of safety, my "light" ,like in the verse from John, comes from Him, not me. Much as it may be a slight punch to my ego, I am not in control!
When I read these two verses, I could just picture God watching me tend to my needs and worries and just saying, "Hey, I got this. Don't worry about your worries and what you (think) you need to do. Come spend time with me!" Of all of the important needs I have, I had forgotten the most important, to spend time with Him. Never again.
Speaking of devotionals, I'd like to share something else with you.
When I do my scripture reading I like to keep a reference of what I had read. I found a guideline of sorts a few years ago. You have probably seen this before, I've seen many versions. I've and adapted it for my own use.
The method uses an anagram - SOAP.
S- SCRIPTURE What part of this verse jumped out out me?
O- OBSERVATION What does this verse teach me about God? About myself
A- APPLICATION How can I apply this verse to my daily life
P- PRAYER Pray that God will help me learn from this reading
I've created this anagram in two formats.The files are pdf.s so they'll be easy to download and print. The first is a full page "form" of sorts to be filled out as you read. If you choose to do this, you can print out as many sheets as you like. punch them with a three-hole punch and keep them in an 8.5" x 11 binder...this is what I do.
The second format is a "page keeper" that will fit in an 8.5"x11" binder or journal to mark you place and remind you of the method. If you choose the second format, I would suggest printing it out on cardstock, folding it in half lengthwise and punching it to fit a binder. You could also leave it un-punched and use it as a bookmark for a Bible or journal.