I don’t know about you, but often,
when I return home from a
retreat, vacation or work related trip,
my house looks as if the maid was on vacation –
because she was!
Dishes in the sink, pizza boxes piled on the counter,
trash overflowing, and stuff everywhere.
And the children?
Don’t even ask!
Reentry can be tough.
When I go away for a time of refreshment specifically to hear from God,
I am often
convicted inspired to change everything that is wrong with me.
Do you do that?
I crazily believe it’s possible to have a daily hour-long quiet time
in my (as yet to be built) private prayer closet.
I’m convinced I can daily pray for everyone I know,
every elected official in the US,
and all the missionaries listed in the church directory.
When I am away,
I fall in love with God’s Word in such a way that
makes me want to memorize the entire New Testament.
At the very least, when I’m away,
being able to spend time in God’s Presence creates a
desire in me to a kinder, gentler wife, mom, friend, sister, coworker, and
every other label that we put on ourselves.
But then I get home and the house is a disaster area or
there’s a message from my boss telling me
the deadline for my project is due a week early or
someone is sick and needs my undivided attention and
I have a choice.
I can let ALL my good intentions and grand plans go swirling down the proverbial drain
I can remember that I live in the real world with real people.
I can revise my plans.
A more attainable goal might be to actually establish a quiet time every day,
but it will only last as long as a potty break or my drive home from work.
I probably won’t pray for everyone every day, but
I can make a list of all the people I want to pray for and
devise a plan to pray for them on a regular basis – maybe a few each day.
I definitely want to memorize Scripture,
but perhaps a more reasonable pace
would be a verse a week …
or a verse a month!
And being a kinder, gentler more pleasant person
is always a good choice that is
not contingent on my circumstances.
How about you?
How are your reentries?
Don’t let the enemy steal your joy or
kill your spiritual intentions or
try to destroy your relationships
with a bad case of reentry.
Scripture refresher: The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10, NLT)
Prayer: Jesus, be bigger than my circumstances, my emotions, and the messy people situations that test my ability to keep my focus on you and your promise of a rich and satisfying life. Overcome my enemy and help me to love you and love others as you love them. God, everywhere I look, let me see you at work. Lead me into the life I’ve been missing. I know that you love me. I want to follow you. Amen.