How is your morning routine? Do you incorporate time at the beginning of the day to be still in prayer? What about your evenings? Are you so busy doing that being still is a challenge? Maybe this analogy will motivate you to be intentional about beginning and ending your day in time alone with God.
|Buckle up for time with God.|
On an airplane there’s a lighted signal that informs passengers when they need to remain seated and buckled while flying. Two of the crucial times for this sign to stay lit is at takeoff and during landing. It’s crucial that passengers obey the sign’s direction. At other times, it will light up and chime if there is turbulence ahead. At the appropriate times, the light dims and a bell chimes to inform passengers they are free to move about the cabin if they have the need to do so.
I realize, too, there are two crucial times during our days when we need to buckle up and be still before God, too. The beginning and end of our days are two crucial times for receiving from God when we pray.
Perhaps if we would begin our days “strapped” (aka still) in our chairs attentive to God’s direction as we take off to what is ahead we might be spared of some potential angst.
So, tonight, when you lay your head on your pillow, pray a prayer of review of the day’s joys and concerns. Stay still (“buckled”) and connected to Him as you talk and listen to Him. Then, when you awaken to tomorrow’s newness, even before you get out of bed if necessary, enter into a time of stillness where you receive from Him words of preparation for what lies ahead.
Once you believe you are done and believe He is done with you, “unbuckle” for the day ahead and be free to move about the cabin of life whether it’s getting ready for a day at home with children in and out or getting ready for a busy day at work, then reentry into home at the end of the day.
Bookend your day with buckled time with God so you are free to move about during all the in between time.
Simply said, pay attention to Him at the take off and landing parts of your day. Day’s beginning and day’s end are two important times to stay buckled up to hear from God.