Joining Lisa Jo over at The Gypsy Mama again for Five Minute Friday.
Here are the rules:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you and leave an encouraging comment.
"Delight yourself in the lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." As I understand the verse, the idea is that we need to choose to make the LORD our focus, our joy, our delight. When we do this our desires increasingly become like his desires--when the Lord is my delight, it is my desire to see His will done. It isn't that the Lord gives me the selfish desires of my heart, instead the desires of my heart become less selfish.
The natural question to ask, then, is DO I delight in the Lord? Do I take more pleasure in the Lord than I do in a clean house? Or in a generous bowl of bluebell icecream? Or in the latest book, or great blog stats? Or my friends, and my plans and my dreams?
That's a hard question to answer, and one that can't be answered in 5 minutes! It takes soul searching, prayerfully considering, asking the Lord to "search me and know me, and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting."
But part of the answer is that when I take pleasure in those earthly things--the taste of icecream, the joy in meeting friends, the sparkle of a clean countertop and neatly folded towels--how is my pleasure taken? Is my joy in the things alone? Or when I experience those joys, can I take it right back to the lord, knowing that HE is the giver of all good gifts? Can these things bring me to my knees in worship? Because if they do, then I can say that while I am taking joy in these earthly gifts, my TRUE delight is in the Lord, the giver of these beautiful gifts.
(Went a little over my time, it was more like 6.5 minute Friday for me today :-) )