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Return

26 Jan

Life is so daily, filled with habit and routine. We long for time to rest, realign our priorities, and refresh our souls. I’ve done a bit of that since my last blog post on December 07. At the same time, my life has been extremely busy and full of surprising opportunities for ministry and fellowship. But now I’m ready to return.

I’m returning not just to writing this blog, but returning to God’s rhythm of life. That rhythm envelops all aspects of what it means to be created in His image: care for His temple (our bodies), creativity, strength, wisdom, work, rest, and so much more.

I’m also returning to a part-time tutoring job. What a joy to help kids be successful. George and I are returning to some of the attitudes and actions that first caused us to fall in love. Similarly, in the book of Revelation, Christ tells the church in Ephesus. “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4 ESV). He wanted them to change their mind (repent) and return to doing the works that demonstrated their deep devotion.

The word “return” calls to mind a favorite Bible passage.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10–11 NRSV).

Just as moisture saturates soil, God’s word saturates our lives to produce good fruit. We can trust Scripture to work in us and successfully accomplish the Divine purpose. To that end, I’ve committed to daily Bible reading with some amazing high school girls. We meet weekly to discuss the connection we made with God through His word, to ask tough questions, and to pray for one another. It’s the highlight of my week.

Do you need to return? To what is God calling you? Perhaps you’ve neglected worship or time alone with Him. If so, Scripture has a good word for you. “Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (Isaiah 51:11 TNIV).

Perhaps you’ve strayed so far, you think return is impossible. God has a good word for you as well. “Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness” (Isaiah 55:7 The Message).

It requires repentance and humility to admit we’ve abandoned Jesus Christ ,our first love. It takes intentionality and determination to trade the chaos of our culture for God’s rhythm. I don’t pretend it’s easy, but it’s exceedingly rewarding. It was difficult to sit down once again at my computer and share my heart. I’d lost the rhythm of writing. I’m hoping that this bit of writing will encourage me to complete a major writing project. Perhaps you’d pray for me to complete it before March 1.I’d count it a privilege to pray for you. Just use the comment box below to share your prayer requests.