God loves adverbs

For three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works: deep thanks that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to-a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.
Helen Keller

I have been reading a book by Andrew Murray about abiding in the vine. This is something I have had a hard time completely understanding. I know what this means on paper, but how do I apply this in my day to day living? I wonder am I missing something, is there some great, divine revelation that that will unlock this mystery? Or am I just too simple to get it. The more I have pondered, the more lost I have become in all this. Finally in frustration I decided to just well, abide. Just keep doing what I have been doing. While reading today I came across this little tidbit of information: The Puritans had a saying. “God loveth adverbs”. Implying that God cares more about the spirit in which we live than in the concrete results. They sought to connect all of life to its source in God. In other words the Holy stuff that we separate for special occasions like Church, devotions, bible study should be part of a much bigger picture, your life if you will. If you are raising kids, taking out the garbage, grocery shopping, working, whatever, any human activity can constitute an offering to God. BINGO! I think I get it now. It’s much harder to walk this thing out day by day, in every activity in an honoring offering to God, but that is where the beauty lies. Joy, abundance, peace, love, all those things hide in there. I keep looking for the big joy button to push, but it’s in these simple, small acts. People see Christ in us during all of this, this is where what we do beats out what we say….the truth of what is in our hearts beats right now. And I think the key is gratitude. When I really think about the little things I am grateful for this begins to make sense. A full tank of gas, a fresh pot of coffee brewing in the kitchen, heat in the house. So many things come to mind. If I am aware that God is watching when all of my life takes place, I will honor him in all things. I think the hardest thing for me to realize is this simple adjustment in my thinking, and my awareness will reap great fruit. Not just for the people who will see Christ in me, but in my enjoyment of my life. So I pray that we all no matter what we are going through, no matter what boring, simple, ordinary things take place tonight we are grateful for each other, our needs being met, and that no matter the task we think of it as serving God. I love you guys!

“B” aka Susan

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