(This is day thirteen of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Psalm 150.
Attend a Christmas concert of play. “Oddly” enough, ours is tonight. Interesting.
What part of the concert or play meant most to you? What did you learn from the setting and people you watched it with?
How is God like a director? How can you apply the discipline of rehearsal to your relationship with Him. From being backstage in theater, I know this much… A good director does not just shove people around where he wants them. A good director brings out the best in the actors. He plays to their strengths. Oh, they stay on script/plot/character, but the best of them comes through to make each performance unique. How much like life is THAT? As far as discipline? Rehearsals are at set times and, if they are to be productive, they don’t deviate from the task at hand. God time should be like that. Not regimented, but definitely deliberate, with the focus on Him.
When was a time in your life when you were completely in tune with what God wanted for your life? What are some spiritual disciplines you need to rehearse to get back in sync with God? When I first started writing, I was exactly where He wanted me doing what He wanted me doing. I’ve never been more sure of anything in my whole life. There are a lot of uncertain seasons in life, but in that one, I knew. And one of the things that happened in that season was that I started every single day in concentrated time with Him, not looking at the clock, but focusing on Him. Whether the two of us were together for ten minutes or two hours, it was good, real, God time. Oh, how I miss that. I need to focus a lot more on quality.