Friday, August 10, 2012
Standing in Line for the Lord
I'd been looking forward to this day all summer long. A certain church in our town has this magnificent garage sale every year with bargains galore, and I had my sites set on a few certain items.
I don't know if you're like me and enjoy a good deal, but c'mon, shoes for a quarter? If you wear them one time it is totally worth it!
Today was the day. I woke up earlier than usual and got myself in gear so that I could be present when doors opened at 8:00 am. Anyone who knows me, understands that this is quite a feat for me. I'm not known for my morning perkiness.
Pulling into the grocery store parking lot directly adjacent to the church, I glanced towards the entrance and that's when it hit me. A line had already formed from the front door of the church and wrapped itself across the parking lot and around to the street!
Never before had I witnessed such a crowd. Come to think of it, never before had I been there at 8:00 am. Not to be out done, I grabbed my purse and slipped orderly into line.
As we herded into the building, it's as almost if God said to me, "Wouldn't it be something if people were as excited as this on Sunday mornings?" Wow! Looking through the shoes and purses, I mulled those words over and over.
What if I just couldn't contain my excitement on the Lord's day? Would I be willing to stand in line waiting for the doors to open?
Perhaps at this moment I needed a little heart reminder. Maybe God was prompting me to prepare my heart and enter worship with expectation and readiness to hear His voice. What if I were to invite God to enter my thoughts and consume me with His holiness? What if...
So let me ask you...are you excited about God? Do you long for time spent with Him? Would you be willing to stand at the door in anticipation of His presence?
Perhaps this gives us things to ponder on this day. Quite possibly, we'll have a different perception come Sunday morning. Perhaps.
I was glad when they said unto me, let us go unto the house of the LORD. Psalm 122:1