James 1:5,6 – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (KJV)
Every Monday noon we meet for prayers.
Monday morning my dog took me for a walk to the water, and oh! what a wonderful walk it was!
I can't remember when I last cast time aside and walked for as long and as far as I wanted. How light I felt, standing on the rocks, letting the cool, crisp wind fly full in my face, play in my hair, catch my thoughts, and carry them away, while my windbreaker billowed up like a fine, full sail.
Two seagulls plying the waters called to each other, while a family of ducks bobbed along like little dots. Another seagull swooped into the water, extracted a mussel, and then dropped it on the rocks, hoping it would splinter open.
Though I don't like missing my meeting, I had considered counting this as my contemplative time with Him, should we not get home in time to attend.
We walked the rocks, some smooth, some rugged. My dog sniffed the sand and stalked the bushes. We followed a stream and then climbed some stairs to take us back to civilization. I made my meeting in time, plenty of time.
The Monday before, it had been pouring, and I had called a friend to see if she needed anything while I was out. She had said, "You're not going to prayers today, are you? It's pouring!" I had quipped that if He could walk on water for us, the least I could do was drive in it for Him!
Interesting, isn't it. When I took time to savour my surroundings, He gave me the time to do it and still meet my regular time with Him. Yet sometimes, we are tempted to take the time we are given and make our commitments only if it is convenient for us.
When we ask, we are given — if we've asked in good faith. And most often, we are given without even having to ask — for He knows our every need.
Prayer: Thank you Father, for all You give us so freely, so graciously, so abundantly. In Your name we pray. Amen.