What kind of vehicle best describes your communication with God?
Yesterday my journal was like a dump truck hauling a pile of petitions to heaven. Of course, journals are a fine place to write prayers, questions, random thoughts and observations, but that entry was particularly…dumpy.
Some days my prayers zoom around in circles like race cars on a NASCAR track.
Or they sputter and stall like a junker with a dead battery.
Then there are the wonderful moments when prayer flows freely like a sports car on the Autobahn.
Yesterday, I drove a dump truck.
After unloading it in my journal, I decided to change vehicles and take a drive among some powerful memories of God’s faithfulness over the years, his blessings, his Word, his promises, and his character. A convertible, with its unobstructed view of God’s goodness, seemed like the perfect machine for that trip. Recalling and thanking God for his past blessings was like arranging bouquets of gratitude.
Maybe I should have done that first.
Or maybe it’s ok. Many Psalms begin by dumping a load of grievances, confessions, fears, and anxiety onto God. (See Psalm 73 for an example.) After getting it all out, the writer usually ends up remembering who God is and what he has done, and so the Psalm ends with a delivery of gratitude and praise. I guess my dump truck and I are in good company.
In the end, my journal read something like this:
Thank you, Lord, for…
Life, breath, and strength for this day
Love, family, and friends
Work, education, and opportunity
Home, health and happiness
A soft bed
You! Your presence, your power and your love
Beauty and changing seasons
Your faithful provision for me every single day of my life
And quite a few more…
What are you thankful for today? Do you tend to dump desires, deliver gratitude or both? Are there any other vehicles that describe your prayer life?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7