Thursday, March 19, 2009

Flossing and Turkey Sandwiches

Your mind goes funny places when you can't sleep.

I thought of things I was worried about. I went through the list: praying for children who are very sick, sons who are deployed overseas, families who are facing layoffs, situations at work that were maddeningly out of control... you know.

And I was struck by the simple thought that God didn't need my prayers. (Yes, this same thought hits me upside the head several times a year). He would prefer my quiet attention. My growth. My cutting out things from my schedule that aren't important.

I realized laying there... that I had often thought of my time with God like flossing. Something that is good for me, but that I kind of get to at the end of the day. If I miss it, I mumble half-asleep that I'll get to it tomorrow.

(Impressive self-discipline, no?)

This slow conclusion - that God wants to be more to me than flossing... is humbling.

I don't want to be lukewarm. God doesn't want me to be lukewarm. If I'm not growing, I'm not really alive.

It struck me again... how often do I forget to eat? (Probably not often enough). Would I go through my day, then head to bed without putting sustenance into my stomach? There's no way I'd fall asleep without that.

God wants to be my turkey sandwich.

And I want to make sure I'm there for more than mealtimes.

7 comments:

Pam D said...

"God doesn't need my prayers"... wow. He doesn't need our leftovers, either, and that's what He too often gets from me. Just like you, when I've done everything on my "to do" list (including the blogging stuff...), then He gets what's left. Not always.. but there are certainly days when I'm throwing Him a bone with barely any meat left on it. Gracious, Rachel, you blow me away! You and I think alike in so many ways that it's a little bit scary (well, scary cool.. not scary SCARY.. you know what I mean). I'm so glad I met you.. now I need to go do some pondering, and perhaps rethink my "to do" list!
Blessings and hugs....

Kameron said...

I love your take on things! You really put it in the right perspective. We do need to make it a priority and not just an after thought. :o)

He And Me + 3 said...

That is so true. I love how God makes his points to us...when we have time to listen. Awesome post.

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

This was beautiful, and oh so true. How often is prayer put in back. God wants to ride up front all the time. God is smiling at you for spreading his word.

Mom Of Many said...

Great analogy Rachel. I have to confess though, I am thankful for all the times you've prayed for my Ty. Makes me cry that you care that much!! So please keep flossing (right after you eat the turkey sandwich). xo

Carebear said...

Wow. Are you inside my head?! What a wonderfully written post. Love your analogies. I'm such a lousy follower of Christ. There are moments when I'm overwhelmed, humbled, awed by what He's done in my life and on my behalf, but more often than not, those feelings take a back burner to the cheap laughs I get watching the Office or the fun I have blogging. My priorities are so screwed up, and I don't devote the energy or effort I should into changing that. We should form a blogging group, something like "Mommy bloggers for Christ" or something - once a week drop by to remind and encourage each other to put Him first.... I'll have to think that out more...

Pam said...

You are sooo right, my friend! Always right!