In his classic work “Confessions, the great theologian Augustine said “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
The Psalmist said: O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Ps. 63:1
Here it is Monday morning, I’ve been up for hours, made breakfast, lunches and drove my daughter to school. My wife started the laundry that we did not get to over the weekend before she left for work. We have an online appointment and I need to get working on next Sunday’s worship service and Lenten planning. Plus we still need to review our calendars to make sure we know what is happening in the next few weeks. I’m tired already.
But what was missing from all of this? The quiet time with the Lord. At some point this morning, I need to turn away from the computer and phone, get away from the to-do list and focus on what will bring me life, God.
Today I feel like I am in a dry and weary land. I’m going along with the flow of stuff, yet I know what I need. Are you in that dry and weary land too? Are you busy with your Monday morning? Are you just getting through the day so you can go to bed and start over tomorrow? If so, take a moment. Read the psalms, go outside and watch the birds, find a quiet place, even if only for a few minutes and contemplate God. Allow God to refresh you for you have been made by God for God.
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, That my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, That I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, To defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, That I always may be holy.