Page 207 has been a fairly routine Monday which is a good thing considering the events of the past couple weeks. Much of the morning was spent with God working on the prayer guide for next week. As I worked on the prayer guide, I also took care of the paperwork for our pest control service and followed up with the ordering of some supplies for continued work on the floors as well as getting ready for the start of school soon. Once the prayer guide was ready and scheduled to be sent out at the beginning of next week, I continued work on workshop material I will share at a conference early next week. Sometime around 4 PM I came up for air and decided it was probably time to call it a day and get some lunch. As I left the building I decided it was probably a little late for lunch so I headed home and fired up the pellet grill to make some mushroom bacon cheeseburgers to go with some fresh sweet corn for supper. After supper I grabbed my camera and took a stroll outside to see what might catch my eye. One of the eye-catching sights was a rose bud that was catching the rays of the sun from the early evening sky.
As I reflect on the day, I think of the beauty that God surrounds us with — a beauty that is so often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And while it is sad that so many miss noticing the beauty of creation, the real tragedy is that we pay even less attention to the beauty of God’s Word. The prayer guide that God led me to write for next week is based on the things from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that God says Scripture is useful for. Many times we miss the sheer beauty of Scripture because we fail to see its usefulness in our everyday life. God wants His Word to transform us from the inside out through the power of His Spirit be we often settle for reading it as nice, inspirational literature — if we read it at all. I find that God’s Word is useful in transforming my life only when I pay attention to what it says and look for how it applies to everything I do. One of the workshops I will be leading next week is on developing a lifestyle of prayer through listening. One of the key components in doing that is paying close attention to the usefulness of what God says in His Word.
I pray that you and I would live with an awareness of God’s beauty displayed not only in creation, but throughout His Word. I pray that we would view God’s Word as useful in our life and allow it to transform us more and more into the image of Christ each day that we live. I pray that the usefulness of God’s Word would lead us to listen more intently to what He says as we spend deliberate time reading, studying, meditating on, and sharing the Word of God.