Here is where I have been all week…
In my personal devotions I have been studying meditation and discipline. The focus for this spiritual exercise has been on the Lord’s Prayer. Each day I have been guided to meditate/focus on a specific line from the prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.
Meditation is not sitting on the floor chanting ooga booga. It’s chewing on, centralizing your heart, continuing to return to a thought over and over again until it is ingrained within you.
Basically, it’s everything bad about worrying, but used for the forces of good. Yeah, that’s about it… meditation is positive worrying… if that’s even possible.
While every line from the prayer is worthy of daily focus, I have not been able to get around the first line. Even though I need to move on, I feel like God isn’t done with me as it relates to these 4 little words:
“Our Father in heaven…”
Here’s what meditation on this sentence fragment is revealing to me: my God is willing and able.
Our Father – As my Father I know He wants to provide for me, protect me, encourage me, support me, promote me, shelter me, grow me, hold me, cover me, stand up for me, correct me, make me become everything He ever wanted me to be!
I know this is true because I am a father.
I know this is true because I want these things for my kids.
And, I know this is true because, compared to God I am a jacked up, selfish, broken man, yet, I’d die for my boys without a doubt.
He is the perfect Father. He is willing.
In Heaven – As God of the universe He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, the Author of Creation, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Great I Am, Sustainer, Miracle Maker, Judge, Lover, Shepherd and Lord. There is nothing beyond the scope of His power because power and authority are defined by who He is.
I know this is true because His thoughts are higher than mine.
I know this is true because His ways are higher than mine.
I know this is true because He is God and I am soooooooo not.
He is the God of heaven. He is able.
So, I am stuck right here on these four little words.
Because He is my Father and because He is in heaven, He is most definitely willing and able.
So, I’ve made these words my phone wallpaper, I breathe them in and out multiple times a day, I rest in their thought and now I gush them out to you.
Some may call it obsession, but I just call it meditation.
If you can’t find something Godly to focus on this week, try what I have found.
Say it. Write it. Post it. Pray it. Live it.
In your brokenness, hurt, confusion, joy, hope and peace He is “Our Father in heaven…”
He is willing and He is able.