Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Psalm 107:1-9 (NIV)
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. 5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, 9 for he satisfies the longing soul and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
10:30 am - Check the fridge and pantry for a snack. Uninspired. Close the doors and move on.
1:00 pm - Check the fridge for a snack. Consider baking something. Too much work right now. Move on.
4:00 pm - Feeling snacky. Still not inspired. Maybe I'm just thirsty. Time to drink more water.
9:30 pm - How about a little late night snack before bed? I can dig out my hidden chocolate supply now that the kids are asleep. Nevermind, have to go to the store. Can't do that.
Does this internal dialogue sound familiar or is it just me? I'm hungry but I'm not. I'm peckish because what else is there to do (besides you know; work from home, clean the house, homeschool the kids, cook 137 meals a day and still find time to play.) I am hungry and full of longing, but it's not actually for food, or sleep, or a trip to Target. In this new season of home life, it is intense, tiring, and busy. Amazingly busy.
I had this version of #COVIDLife in my head that was full of play, rest, Bible-reading, and "making the most of it." Yet, we have taken on so much, overnight, that it's taken almost a month to get our bearings. I am left longing for Jesus. I am hungry for His voice.
Psalm 107 begins with an encouragement - "Let the redeemed tell their story!... He delivered them. He led them. He satisfies the longing soul, He fills it with good things." I am longing - I am literally wandering around my house (yes, not exactly a desert wasteland) - but he wants to lead me to Him. He wants to fill my soul, wants to satisfy, wants to comfort. I am remembering all the other times in my life that He has done so, and although I can't tell people face-to-face my story, I can share encouragement in other ways. I see him meeting me in this place and taking my hand to lead me to a place of rest, within my soul - not actually taking a nap every day.
Question to consider this week: What adjustments may Jesus be asking you to make to your current quarantine rhythms and priorities this week?
Action Step: Share with your friends, family, or small group a way in which the Lord has satisfied your soul in the last month. Write an email, a text, or post on Facebook as an encouragement for others. Tell your story.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you want to satisfy our hunger for you. I trust that when I come to you with this need, you wil be faithful in your response. I come to you now, needing more of you, and I will continue to tell the story of your goodness. In Jesus' name, amen.
Conclude with silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)