Quality Time

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:2 

The highways leading from Savannah to my grandparents’ home in Pavo, Georgia seemed endless and much the same. In those days, the main entertainment available to us kids was looking out the window or trying to entertain each other. The window was easier for us. I’m not sure what we were hoping for as we scoured the landscape, but what we saw were lots of pastures. To pass the time and to keep us out of trouble, someone taught us an odd game called “Cows and Graveyards”. This game involves opposing sides of the car counting cows, but then losing them if your side passes by a graveyard.  It’s a memory we still shake our heads and laugh about. Now that I’m older and especially since some of my family members have gone on to Heaven, I often wish I could get that time back. I don’t think I would look out the car window as much. I’d probably still play that game, but I’d spend much more time connecting with my family. Our relationships deserve and benefit from quality time.  

As we observe Lent and make a journey towards Easter, be mindful every day of what it is you’re hoping for. The goal of giving something up like chocolate or soda has merit if we use that extra energy to quench our thirst for God. Six weeks can seem like a long road to travel and there are plenty of distractions and temptations along the way. Making room for quality time with God fills our Lenten walk with holy help. Seconds, minutes and hours slip away as we scroll through windows, channels or games. Use this time to bring your life, your hope and your relationships to the Lord. This journey can be the difference between daydreaming about change and actually changing. God loves us and desires to spend time with us. We are better equipped to face uncertainty and challenge and temptation when we connect with our mighty God. Listen for his voice as you pray, read scripture, study and serve. Take every opportunity to spend quality time with God. 

A Spiritual Makeover

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.  
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NRSV 

I knew a lovely woman who recalled a time when she hardly recognized herself. She woke up early one morning, came around the corner and saw her reflection in a floor length mirror. She wasn’t fully awake and she said her first thought was, “who is that little old lady?” She laughed as she realized she was talking about herself. Physical changes happen as we grow older, but what about spiritual changes? Has our connection to Christ brought real change to our hearts and lives? Moses experienced an intimacy with God that literally made his face glow. He shined so brightly that he had to wear a veil in order not to frighten others. The effect of God’s holiness on Moses was more than skin deep. One glimpse of God pierced him with light and afterwards he carried a reflection of God’s glory inside and out. Paul writes that because of our relationship with Jesus Christ we have freedom and with unveiled faces can witness the glory of God through Christ. The best news of all is that being with Jesus can transform us into his likeness. 

 Time spent with Jesus heals us and makes us whole. We become less concerned about outward appearances and become more aware of how Jesus’ love offers inward and spiritual grace. Are you ready for a makeover like this? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what changes ought to be made and welcome the glory and power of Christ to be reflected in you. 

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