“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
So often when I start working on a sermon or one of these newsletter articles, I get sidetracked. I will begin the study of scripture where I think I want to go and then I get to reading and the reading morphs into something else, and before I know it, I’ve been reading scripture and looking up pieces for an hour or more. And when that happens, I’m no farther along on the sermon or article than when I started. It’s frustrating.
However, it’s also fun for me. I love reading and studying scripture. I enjoy the challenge of figuring out the beauty found in the words. I am challenged by the call to me (to us) to listen to God’s voice.
So, spring has begun and the plants don’t seem to know exactly what they should be doing. The temperatures have been warmer than winter usually is, and so many of the flowers began to come up and then it got cold again. But spring has begun!
So, I began looking at the references in scripture for beauty and plants and flowers and then I got sidetracked to beauty of the universe and finally got to Psalm 27 where it talks about being in the presence of the beauty of our Lord. Kind of circuitous I know. But that is so often what happens to me when I read scripture that it doesn’t surprise me.
And during the traveling around through scripture, I was able to remember why I love being in ministry! It is because I have the luxury of spending time with the Word of God and calling it work.
The circle takes me to my challenge to you for this month: spend some time looking at the beauty of spring and then remember the gifts of God that surround us and then take the time to worship our God. After all, worship is called the work of the people!