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Lapse in Devotion
Posted on April 03, 2009

A few days ago I sat down with my journal to meet with the Lord.  I opened it and looked at the last entry, just to orient myself to where we were in the conversation.  To my shock it had been seven days since I had written anything. 

This is not about discipline, nor am I intending to promote the notion that one has to do something each day in order for it to be effective.  It is more of an examination of my heart.  In the past five years, my time with the Lord has been greatly enhanced by writing in a journal.  I have found that it slows me down, which is no mean feat for a type A personality, and helps me to listen more effectively to His still quiet voice.  I am learning that when I take the time to write out my struggles, joys, battles, and triumphs He meets me.  Thus, my time with Him in the journal has become an important if not essential part of our relationship.

When I looked at the date of the last entry I was shocked.  Had it been that long since I had sought His face?  I thought through the week.  It was the week of spring break.  Jenny and I had worked on several projects together that she had wanted me to do for some time.  Since she was not going to school and I was focused on her that week, our normal routine was disrupted.  I had been praying that week.  I had done Bible study in three books, but the reality was that I had not taken time just rest in His presence.  Seven days.

It saddened me that I could ignore Him that quickly – especially in light of another event that happened later that day.  I got in my car to run a quick errand before Jenny and I left for a two day retreat.  About a mile from the house I reached for my cell phone – it is a Blackberry Curve, titanium colored, it has a 4 gig media card that has music and messages on it, it has my calendar which is synced to my laptop, all of my contacts, all of my email accounts run through it, I can surf the net, it has a GPS, a copy of the NASB Bible, and I can get Pandora radio through it…  I like it, it likes me – I had left it on my desk.  Panic!  I was going to be cut off from the world with no way to communicate via text, voice, e-mail for a minimum of 50 minutes!  I use that thing so much that sometimes I sense that I do not have it with me and will return to my office to get it.  I rarely get more than five feet from it during the day.

As I was driving the Lord brought home the stark contrast.  I had not met with Him for seven days and did not notice, yet was in a free fall panic because I was going to be away from my Crackberry for less than an hour.

I read in Mark 4 in Christ’s commentary on the parable of the soils that, “And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”  I certainly do not want to be like that!  The thing I am realizing is that the pull of the world is subtle, sneaky.  It is not always a frontal assault.  Especially, when we are somewhat established in our walks and are on guard.  No, the enemy and the world will take a different tack.  They will sneak in through good things, breaks in routine, tools with which we minister, to grab our hearts and steal our affection.

It has made me more aware of the danger of drifting away if I do not vigilantly guard my heart.

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