I’m reading a new book, “God in the Yard” by L.L. Barkat. It’s about spending time with God. OK, so you know I’ve been attempting to purpose setting aside time with God so I learn to hear His voice. Well, that’s kind of what this book is about. The author had also been on a quest to seek out God, but couldn’t get past the limitations of her own life. We so often sabotage our own attempts at spending time with God for various reasons…I don’t have time, I can’t find a good place to do it, I can’t afford to “retreat”, etc. Yep, I’ve gone to all these places myself.
Well, this author decided that God was calling her to her own backyard. She struggled to get past the fact that her neighbors might see her out there (so what?), that it was cold (bundle up), and that it didn’t seem as cool as going out into the woods somewhere (oh well).
The questions I answered on my last posting were from her book. This is an experiment for me. I’m attempting to spend a little time with God in an insignificant place in my yard, answer her questions, and see what happens. I’ve already decided that my small space may end up here in my living room looking out the window. I’m not going to turn this into law! But, being outside periodically can help you get in tune with God…there’s just something about bird sounds, wind, leaves blowing around, and so on that are conducive to clearing out the cobwebs and putting you more in tune to the Lord.
I’ve been interested in “silence” for a good many years now. I still struggle with being silent before God. I don’t know what’s up with that, probably more to do with a full agenda than in my ability to hear. The full agenda keeps me from this time commitment with God. So I’m purposing to slow down the agenda right now and I’m going to work my way through this book and see what happens.
If you’re interested in coming along, this could be a fun and perhaps interesting experience for us. I’m going to camp in chapter one for a bit, so you have time to order a copy of her book if you want. I’ve made up my mind I’m NOT going to just sit down and read it through, which is my normal bit. Instead, I’m going to read, savor, and pause as I go. I’m forcing myself to NOT go to chapter two until I’ve answered all her questions. Interested? If so, let me know you’re onboard for this (reply to this post) and I’ll linger awhile longer while you get a copy. I don’t know where we’re going, but it could be fun. Even if no one answers, this is where I believe God is taking me…to a small space, to spend a bit of time, with the lover of my soul.
Have a blessed day in Him…