In order to travel and to journey we need directions to enable us to arrive safely at our destination. The advances in technology have enhanced this process and it is now possible to get directions to where we want to go to on our phones/devices and many people have Satellite Navigation in their cars. While we need physical directions for travelling/journeying from one location to another, we also need directions in other areas of our lives. For example directions for work, relationships, faith/spirituality.
So from journey, to travel, to DIRECTIONS. We will look at the word letter by letter as follows: D for Day, I for Instant, R for Refuse, E for Expectation, C for Come, T for Treasure, I for Invitation , O for Overcome, N for Night and S for Sabbath.
Day 1: D for Days
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 90:12 (NIV)
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
I remember once flying back from New Zealand, leaving at nine thirty in the morning and arriving in London at eight thirty in the morning on the same date! Only the difference in time zones enabled me to have the same day twice! Like air and time, we all have the same number of days per week/month/year.
The pace of life in this century is hurried and roles and responsibilities are juggled daily in order to accomplish all that needs to be done. The days go by swiftly, and it is easy to find our days so full that there is little time or space for reflection, silence or solitude.
This verse encourages us to number our days that we may acquire a heart of wisdom. In his book, Aging Matters, R.Paul Stevens writes the following:
“Wisdom is practical know-how for everyday living. The wisdom we can gain from numbering our days is recognising the brevity of life and seeing the strategic importance of every day, living fully in the temporal and eternal at the same time.” (Aging Matters by R.Paul Stevens, 2016. p,57)
Consider this quote and its meaning for you at this time and in the circumstances, in which you currently find yourself.
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.