Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Ride of My Life~

Today was one of those days. Maybe you have experienced days like this before, too. It was the kind of day when, once in my car, I longed to just keep on driving. Right on past my exit for work. Right on by the grocery store. Right on around the doctor's office. Right on by...well, you get the idea, especially if you, too, have ever "dared to drive". Don't get me wrong. It wasn't that I felt the need to runaway, although, I have to admit, some days I do! No. Today was a good day. A keeper, in fact. And...that's exactly why I wanted to keep-er going!

As soon as I slid into the driver's seat, it all just came together. Great worship music on the radio. Clear, blue skies, and the overwhelming presence of the Lord. Truly, it was like a moment made in heaven, only it was happening in my Nissan! My heart was overcome with an almost insatiable desire to stay locked in my car and simply enjoy this moment, enjoy this ride with the Lord....all day long. Seriously. I felt as though I wanted to drive across Texas! (If you have ever driven across the good ole lone star state, you know that is saying something!) The only thing that would have made this start to the day any better would have been a full tank of gas and a commitment-free day. Unfortunately, I didn't have either of those, so I reluctantly drove to work.

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As I slid into my desk and tuned into K-LOVE radio on my laptop, it all just came together. The quiet and peacefulness of my workspace, the beautiful praise music enveloping the room, and the overwhelming presence of the Lord. Truly, it was like a moment made in heaven, only it was happening in my tiny office! My heart was overcome with an almost insatiable desire to stay locked in my office and simply enjoy this moment, enjoy this time with the Lord....all day long. Seriously. I felt as though I wanted to spend all of eternity with the Lord. And the only thing that made this start to my workday even better was the realization that this moment of communion and worship never had to end. An empty gas tank and a list of commitments nine miles long couldn't keep me from basking in the presence of the Lord, every minute of every day. Only I could do that.

And sadly I do. Instead of choosing to commune with the Lord, I whip right past my Bible. I breeze right on by my favorite "quiet place". I zip right through my prayers. I allow the cares, worries and deadlines of this world to drive me. Instead of listening to the still small voice of my blessed Jesus, I listen to all the other voices begging for my attention. And you know what? It is on days like this, on the days that I choose not to commune with my Lord, that I find myself wanting to run away!

Yes, today was a good day. A keeper.

Lord, keep me ever focused on you. Teach me to surrender the driver seat of my life to your precious Holy Spirit. May it be you, who is the driving force in my life. Amen.

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