Course Corrections

Daily Devotional – Wednesday, June 3, 2020

“The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinned in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” [Psalm 1:4-6]

So, do you want to be like a fruitful tree planted by streams of water or like chaff that the wind drives away? This first psalm of the Psalter lays bare two distinct paths our lives can take. Yet, rarely are our lives purely one or the other. As we journey through life, we often have to make course corrections. Can you bring to mind a course correction that you have had to make? What prompted you to do so? Did it feel as if you were like chaff in the wind, dry and barren even though the you had everything the ways of the world had to offer? Delighting in the Lord and meditating on God’s words takes intention. We need to develop patterns, spiritual disciplines that take us to the deep well, to the sacred source of our being. I have known experiences of feeling like chaff in the wind and I can often trace them to a neglect of my spiritual practices. When I allow the busyness of life to squeeze out morning devotions or scripture reading, when I side line my journal and neglect to spend time in the natural world, when incessant noise fills my days and I don’t take time to just be silent I feel like chaff. And when this happens, God often sends others to cross my path to remind me of the rhythms that water my soul. How are you this day, more like chaff or a well watered tree?

Prayer
Holy One, thank you for your ever flowing stream of grace that you offer me along the road of life. Help me to develop spiritual practices that help me draw deeply from your living water. Give me the courage to be intentional so that I may flourish and bear fruit that glorifies you. Amen.

“The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinned in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” [Psalm 1:4-6]

So, do you want to be like a fruitful tree planted by streams of water or like chaff that the wind drives away? This first psalm of the Psalter lays bare two distinct paths our lives can take. Yet, rarely are our lives purely one or the other. As we journey through life, we often have to make course corrections. Can you bring to mind a course correction that you have had to make? What prompted you to do so? Did it feel as if you were like chaff in the wind, dry and barren even though the you had everything the ways of the world had to offer? Delighting in the Lord and meditating on God’s words takes intention. We need to develop patterns, spiritual disciplines that take us to the deep well, to the sacred source of our being. I have known experiences of feeling like chaff in the wind and I can often trace them to a neglect of my spiritual practices. When I allow the busyness of life to squeeze out morning devotions or scripture reading, when I side line my journal and neglect to spend time in the natural world, when incessant noise fills my days and I don’t take time to just be silent I feel like chaff. And when this happens, God often sends others to cross my path to remind me of the rhythms that water my soul. How are you this day, more like chaff or a well watered tree?

Prayer
Holy One, thank you for your ever flowing stream of grace that you offer me along the road of life. Help me to develop spiritual practices that help me draw deeply from your living water. Give me the courage to be intentional so that I may flourish and bear fruit that glorifies you. Amen.

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