DAY 4: Y for Yearn
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 Psalm 84:2 (NIV)
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
In the midst of the busyness of everyday life, it is easy to be carried away with the pressures and problems we encounter and our time for God can get squeezed out. Yet it is said that deep within each of us is a God shaped hole that is unable to be filled by anything else. We can try to quell that sense of yearning, with other activities and pastimes. Yet these do not serve to provide us, with the lasting peace and sense of well-being that we seek.
This inner yearning was summed up centuries ago by Augustine of Hippo when he wrote, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
Choose a word, phrase, or even the whole verse or part of the quote from Augustine to 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.