Christmas break is finally over, so page 9 meant it was back to the routine of rising early for work. With no fresh snow since yesterday, all of my early morning work was inside today as I cleaned bathrooms and hallways and prepped the building for the day. As I finished up the cleaning, students were beginning to arrive for the day so it was time to sit with God and work on the prayer guide for next week.
Last week I began some writing based around a verse out of Jeremiah where God says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Unfortunately, the response of the people given in the next line says, “We will not walk in it.” As I spent time with God this morning, He drew me back to this verse and the promised result if we would “walk in it” — rest for our soul. It is interesting to me that Jesus used this same phrase, “find rest for your souls”, in regard to our taking His yoke upon us. As those two passages filled my prayer time, the idea for a prayer guide focused on “soul rest” came about. The rest of the morning was spent with God breaking down the Jeremiah 6:16 verse into daily prayer points and then writing “prayer starters” for each day. Once it was written, I spent time formatting it and scheduled it to be published Sunday on both the resources section of my website and the weekly prayer guide email that I send out.
After the prayer guide work was done for next week, I placed an order for the books I will need for the upcoming camp leaders conference. Last fall’s International Conference on Missions had depleted nearly all of my book inventory, so I needed to order copies of each of the eight Impact Prayer Ministry titles I have written. So, about twenty-four hundred dollars later I have eight hundred books that should be on their way soon. I pray that God continues to provide the resources to put these into the hands of people who will use them. Today’s order should cover a camp leaders conference later in January with at least some left for a different camp conference in March.
Today’s photo is from yesterday’s trip to the beach in St Joseph, Michigan. It reminds me of the beauty that can be found through perseverance and endurance. The frigid temperature made being outside unappealing to many, but as a photographer the chance to capture some beautiful winter photos was worth it. While unappealing to many, the reward of rest for my soul makes walking in the “ancient paths” and “old ways” worth the effort that it takes.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Returning to an early morning routine after two weeks of not having to be at work early can be tough.
- Good routines can be as beneficial as bad routines are harmful.
- Rest for the soul sounds like it should be more desirable than what it apparently is.
- While we may not be so bold to say we will not walk in God’s ways, do our actions say that we will?
- The “ancient paths” and “old ways” are always good things when they are God’s ways.
- Most of us don’t like the idea of being “under the yoke” of anyone or anything even though we probably are.
- In spite of what the world may say, rest for our soul is worth whatever effort it takes to walk in God’s ways and take His yoke upon us.
- Obedience to God can be costly but it has rewards greater than we can imagine.