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Daily Devotionals

Day 21 – Issue 21

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Be Still Know

Micah 4:2 NLT

‘People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the Lords teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem.’

As I have grown older, and as my perception of what God requires of me has changed, my appetite to leave home diminishes every year. Nothing pleases me more than a ‘staycation’ with the lovely Jayne. We plan little but natter away with each other as we garden, walk the dog or simply sit and gaze into the middle distance. I feel fulfilled and immensely happy in such circumstances.

Had I been a faithful Jew in Old Testament times, I would have been expected to journey to Jerusalem three times in the year, at Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. This latter festival included an invitation to Gentiles to attend – no surprises that Jesus announced his great invitation for anyone thirsty to come and drink during Tabernacles. All Jews journeying to Jerusalem had an objective in view. However, that objective can itself prove a dangerous distraction from the true purpose for making the journey.

Life and work today are easily reduced to a series of objectives. For example, the quality of healthcare is measured by the number of operations achieved ahead of any subjective appreciation of patients’ emotional well-being throughout their experience. The outcome can become the priority, even the only, value attributed to the process. Yet process and experience can both offer valuable change.

How I started my journey with Katey along the valley of MS wasn’t the same as how we emerged. Initially I was focused upon healing, assuming I’d problem-solve Katey’s needs.  Meltdowns taught me the journey itself demanded my attention. Indeed, we both emerged, albeit on different sides of eternity, conscious of the value of the moment ahead of any outcome, planned or imagined. We couldn’t establish the value of ‘moments’ objectively. But in a series of ‘moments’ we touched base with our insecurity, vulnerability, brokenness and hope. We found moments of deep joy and excruciating sadness.

QUESTION: Where are you in your walk of faith?

PRAYER: Lord, on this journey, wherever it takes me, teach me your ways.

Written by: Matt Weet

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