Stuck In Our Routine

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Psalm 119:15-16

My husband and I enjoy walking in our neighborhood almost daily. We have a 2 mile loop, with enough hills to give us a good robust walk and nice homes and yards give us lots to look at and compare.

However, it is still the same loop, day after day. It is hard to be as open, observant and attentive to our surroundings as we once were.

Yesterday, as we were almost home from our walk, we heard a small voice say, “hello”. We glanced around, but only saw some children playing in the nearby cul-de-sac. So we continued walking, but then we heard it again, “hello” it said. We looked behind us and there was a man on the sidewalk, 100 feet away. My husband pointed to himself, as if to say, do you mean us? And the man said, “yes”. So we turned around and went back to see what he wanted.

He said he needed some help, he had invited his children and their families to dinner but they had to cancel last minute, now he had lots of food prepared and no one to eat it. Would we be interested in some barbecue pork and homemade beans?

How unexpected. How out of the ordinary. And we almost missed it. I wonder what else we may have missed out on because we were focused on doing what we always do?

What have I missed out on in my daily devotions, doing what I always do? Have I missed hearing the still small voice of God, because I am too focused on just finishing my Bible reading for the day? Don’t pause, don’t reflect, just finish.

Oh, that I may always be listening for the Lord’s gentle whispers, that want to bless me, inspire me and feed me good food through His Word.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me break out of my regular routine, to see you in a whole new way. Please keep calling to me until I turn around and respond to you. I love you Lord. Amen.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

4 thoughts on “Stuck In Our Routine

  1. Thank you for this reminder. Isn’t that what we think of routine, doing the same thing in the same way without variation. So glad you did not miss God’s blessing, as both the giver and the receiver were blessed. Yes, Lord, help us to break out of our routines so that we can see and experience all you have for us. Blessings to you Linda. Susan

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