Consider Yourselves Leaked On.
Rick Warren, author of A Purpose Driven Life, says, “When you think of a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called worry. When you think of a Scripture over and over in your mind, that’s called meditation. If you know how to worry, then you already know how to meditate.”
He goes on, “Meditation is simply focused thinking. Prayer lets us speak to God. Meditation lets God speak to us.”
And the best part to me, “The more you meditate on God’s word, the less you worry.”
He concludes that a relationship with God, that includes prayer and meditation as part of a life style of worship, leads to an awareness of the presence of God with you.
He also points out that life is a series of problems. Either we are in one now, just coming out of one, or getting ready for another one. Rick says the reason for this is that God is more interested in our character than our comfort.
Another jewel that resonated for me in this book is, “The problem with living sacrifices is that they keep trying to crawl off the altar.” Love that one.
One of the daily reflections he suggested was to come up with a metaphor for our own life. I considered a journey, a three stooge’s movie, an obstacle course, a soap opera, but suddenly I remembered a story a friend sent me.
It was a story of a woman in a village going to the well everyday and carrying water home. Her pots were old and cracked and they leaked, so by the time she got home, a lot had leaked out. (I’ve always said that I’m Spirit filled, but I leak, so I do relate to her plight.) The woman felt she was a failure, because so much water was lost along the way. Then God showed her the flowers along the path, that had bloomed because the water had leaked there over the years.
I have such a bad memory and have to relearn so many things, a spiritual director once told me that I had spiritual Alzheimer’s. So, like the cracked pot, I leak whatever I hear of value, hoping it will take root for others, and I can relearn it from them.
Consider yourselves “leaked on.”