Day 3: E is for Everywhere
Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind and to become aware of God’s presence.
READ Extracts from Psalm 139:4,5,10 The Passion Translation
You know every step I will take, before my journey begins. You have gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me, to spare me from the harm of my past. Wherever I go your hand will guide me…it is impossible to disappear from you.
These verses from Psalm 139 clearly describe how God is everywhere. He is with us step by step and knows the paths we will take, before we even set out on the journey. Paul writes to the Ephesians that God has created us for a life of good deeds which he has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) and wherever we are and whatever we find ourselves doing, he is with us. The journey may seem dark at times, there may be boulders in our way or stumbling blocks on the path, but his love, mercy, grace and peace are always at hand to strengthen us and help us.
Mark Batterson in his book Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge writes about an amazing example of this (Day 39: p. 217-218). A man called Ken Gaub, was driving in Ohio USA, and stopped at a restaurant. While his family went in, he took a few minutes to stretch his legs. He heard a payphone at the garage nearby ringing and ringing, so thinking it might be an emergency he answered it. The operator said she had a long distance call for Ken Gaub! He almost fainted – he was in the middle of nowhere! It transpired that a girl, in Pennsylvania USA, was contemplating suicide and decided to pray one more time. She remembered Ken from the television and thought he might help her. As she prayed, some numbers came into her head and she decided to dial them, and found herself speaking to Ken!!
Choose a word, phrase, or even the whole verse to silently ponder on. Turn it over and over in your mind and see what God will show you through it.
PRAY the Lord’s Prayer
Carry your chosen word/phrase/verse into the day with you and repeat it at intervals during the day.
Make a note of the insights you gained from this verse in your journal.