Today is a special day, I am turning my blog place over to the lovely Laura Boggess who has just released her beautiful book Playdates with God- Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown Up World. I shared a bit about that last week in this POST.
I am honored to have Laura here so get ready to be blessed…
After class we all went out to grab a bite to eat. The glasses were filled and Patrick wanted salt and our professor ordered scotch and I spilled a glass of ice water on Susan’s lap. It had been a long day—with travel and much sitting and taking of notes and such. But the conversation fed us like bread straight from the oven and the warmth was like a fire that we all held our hands out to.
No one wanted the evening to end.
That’s when Betsy’s eyes found mine across the table and she said softly, “For me, times like these are playdates with God.”
I smiled, nodded silently, and our eyes held right there for an instant.
Can’t every moment be? Isn’t this awakening in my soul about paying attention? I am listening for the God-voice. And when my spirit stirs with the whisper, all I need do is remember to ask, “Shall we?”
He and I.
And this simple asking for accompaniment … this makes life a series of love stories—one great adventure after another.
Because the Divine always comes along when invited. When I plan special time for us to be together, I am filled with anticipation and longing. This is what it means to fall in love—leaving all other thought behind except the Beloved. I hold this Image in my mind, I look forward to time we can spend together—alone. But the joy of the Divine love is that it is always present. All I need do is attend to awaken to this mystery. And sometimes? When I forget? He reminds me.
Andre Dubus says, “ [I]t would be madness to try to live so intensely as lovers that every word and every gesture between us is sacrament.” But even he acknowledges there is a way.
“… We can do what the priest does, with his morning consecration before entering the routine of his day; what the communicant does in that instant of touch, that quick song of the flesh, before he goes to work. We can bring our human, distracted love into focus with an act that doesn’t need words, an act which dramatizes for us what we are together …” (On Charon’s Wharf from Broken Vessels)
An act that doesn’t need words. That’s what my playdates with God have become. Wordless prayer.
The action that leads to this place need not be a complicated one. The lighting of a candle, assuming a certain posture, stepping away from the usual. Every breath becomes a prayer when I trust God with my time.
That’s what makes a playdate with God. Tending the fire of our love.
A Practical Tip: As you look over your plans today, and every day this week, pray specifically over the details of your day, plans and the people who are part of the plans. Submit to God’s ultimate authority and plan by acknowledging His freedom to do as He sees fit with your moments, even if they require you to adapt or relinquish your plan.
Quotes to Ponder: “There is wonder in each passing moment because God’s fingerprints are all over them.” ~Laura Boggess
“In the morning, I lie on the floor of our meeting place and study the cobwebs on the ceiling. I recount to God all the things I’ve been blessed to have on my to-do list today. And then I do the thing my first spiritual director told me she does every morning. This is what I have planned, I say. But if you have other ideas, please feel free.” ~Laura Boggess
A Prayer for Today: Lord, all of my days stretch out before you visible. Let me trust in your goodness, wisdom and grace for all I can see, and especially for all I can’t. Help me today to trust that my time is in your hands. Let me not clench the fist but trust you with all of it, every single moment. In Jesus name, Amen.
This is Day 13 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips
I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!
I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.
Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.
I pray this series is a blessing to you.