Be Still Know
Matthew 6:11 NLT
‘Give us today the food we need.’
My dad was always pretty handy at DIY, a trait I didn’t inherit. For me the letters stand for ‘destroy it yourself’.
Once, when he had a door off its hinges, I remember him asking me to lift it, which I couldn’t. Solid wood required some strength. Then as he replaced it, he invited me to push it open and it moved with ease and with little effort on my part. I love wood, and especially wooden doors with both stature and age on their side. It is remarkable just how much weight turns on so insignificant a hinge.
In the Lord’s Prayer there is a small but critical hinge verse, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ (NKJV). It invites me to consider the extent to which I look to God for my daily provision. Although ‘bread’ is mentioned, this is not an appeal for sufficient wages and groceries alone. Jesus pointed to the reality that we are unable to become who we are intended to become without drawing closer to and expressing greater dependence upon God. Without this, then, we are incapable of either responding to God or serving him appropriately, the substance of the phrases that encircle this hinge verse.
I have spent years trying to shift the door of my spiritual development with brute force. My intention was sincere, my efforts commendable. Yet, it is on that small hinge of complete surrender to God’s provision that the door swings open and I’m invited to cross the threshold into God’s intimate embrace.
Once, when I was preparing for a retreat, I was literally overtaken by unexpected meetings that crowded into the days ahead of it, when I was planning a quiet journey in preparing myself. I needed some chunky stones for an exercise, and intended to go to the beach to get some. On the eve of the retreat I simply hadn’t had the time. Then, as I collected Jayne from the station and walked back towards the car park, I suddenly spotted a bed of stones. I yelled, ‘Grab a bag from the boot. Here are my stones!’ God came through. Why had I ever worried?
QUESTION: What or who do you really trust to provide for your needs?
PRAYER: Lord, grow in me a simple dependence on you.