Is it really only October? I could happily take a summer holiday tomorrow. If the weather warmed up, that is!
In student world, where I spend a fair chunk of my time, it's nearly the end of the semester - well, apart from the pile of assignments, deadlines and exams that is.
In the real world (!), we're longing for summer - it's still cold, snow is still falling on the mountains, and the wind seems unrelenting.
And how are things in my 'walk-with-God' world? Weary? Dreary? Stormy? Cold? Despite knowing in our heads that those worlds are actually all one and the same, in practice when life is tiring and we're using up a fair amount of energy just keeping going, it becomes very easy to drift off course, to drift off our moorings, to drift in our walk-with-God.
Well, it is easy for me to drift at any rate!
I've been challenged of late by some old words in the Hebrew hymn book - the Psalms. One writer puts it like this:
You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD. You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That's right - you don't go off on your own, you walk straight along the road he set. You, GOD, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I'd never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I'm going to do what you tell me to do; don't ever walk off and leave me. How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I'm single-minded in pursuit of you; don't let me miss the road signs you've posted. I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won't sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed God; train me in your ways of wise living. Psalm 119:1-12
Old words, that challenge us today. A conversation in my head, that could go a little like this...
Stay on course.
I feel weary…
Maybe I'll just put my walk-with-God on hold for a while…
Don't go off on your own.
Once I've got through today / my exams / this week / this year I'll get things right with God again…
I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
Yeah, but it's just for a while…
I'm going to do what you tell me to do.
Don't walk off and leave me.
Don't walk off and leave me.
Anyway, how am I supposed to walk with God…?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I'll get there if I have time after everything else I have on today…
I'm single-minded in pursuit of you.
It's not like he really has a plan and a purpose for me…
Don't let me miss the road signs you've posted.
But I just can't be bothered…
I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart, so I won't sin myself bankrupt.
Aaarrgh. Lord, help me.
Train me in your ways of wise living.`
Are you staying on course? Are you single-minded in your pursuit of God? Do you want to ask God to guide you again?