Where Will You Be in the Cool of the Evening?
In a recent Personal Spiritual Disciplines class, the professor gave a "gift" to students by assigning them to set aside 3 hours of alone time with God. There was to be no other work done and no other people present. Of course, this "gift" met with much resistance. Where can a busy grad student find three solid hours where he or she has no other responsibilities but to commune with God? Perhaps the professor did not understand that aside from papers, projects, research and reading, students are very active in churches, have jobs and must also set aside family/friends time. Did the professor know what it would feel like to be still for three hours with nothing to show for it? Was it possible the professor was totally out of touch with how extensive the "To Do" list is in students' lives? Still, the professor insisted.
It causes one to think. How busy is your life? If someone offered you this gift, would you receive it gratefully? We all have things that need done, even important things for God's kingdom, but do we get so busy that we cannot commune with the Creator in the manner in which He created us? If it was you or I in the garden, would we tell God to take a walk by Himself in the cool of the evening because there were still some animals that needed naming? Or could we stop everything else and seek His face?
The following are devotional questions and suggested reading about Adam and Eve adapted from The Journey Church of Anchorage bulletin, pastored by UGST alumnus, Toby Stevens ('03). I encourage you to go on your own three hour walk with God either by contemplating these questions/readings or however you choose.
Questions to Consider:
Why was I created?
What relationship do I desire to have with God?
What relationship does God desire to have with me?
How are other relationships in my life affected by my relationship with God? How does my relationship to God affect my other relationships?
What can I change in these relationships? What can't I change?
How can I live my life to be more in accord with who I was created to be?
The Bible, Genesis 2-6
Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain
Getting Marriage Right by David Gushee
I Don’t Want a Divorce by Cindy Miller
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