How you can reconnect with God during life’s stressful moments.
Last week, a group of us here at GUIDEPOSTS spent a couple of days learning about the role of inspiration in people’s lives. There were many interesting facts presented about the times and circumstances in which we look for inspiration, the kinds of things that we find inspiring and how our search for inspiration reflects who we are and the way we live our lives.
The presentations were fascinating and the discussions were stimulating, but by the end of the meeting, all I could think of was a line from the Confessions of St. Augustine: “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.”
No matter where we live or what kind of personality we have, whether we’re struggling with life’s stresses or “living large,” there’s something in us that yearns for more, that yearns for a connection with our Creator, and in Him, with each other.
I’ve spent the last few weeks struggling with deadlines in preparing Daily Guideposts 2011 (and I’m not quite through yet!), and in the midst of all that, it’s all too easy for me to lose track of why I’m doing what I do.
I hope that, in some small way, each day’s Scripture, story and prayer will our readers to be more aware of that need for God that we all have, and of the ways that He offers Himself to us in the ordinary happenings of our daily lives. If we here at GUIDEPOSTS can do that, then the deadlines and the days of meetings will have been worthwhile.
As for me, I’ve been up early this week to see the kids off to school. When my son John has gone downstairs to wait for his bus, I’ve taken down an old prayer book, opened it at the kitchen table, and taken 15 minutes to reconnect with God. When I’ve been lost in work or in our household routine, my heart grows restless, too.
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