I wrote this many years ago, when I had three children under three years old–my older two are twins.
I love to meet You early each day.
My preference is a still, quiet house
An orderly space – a cup of fresh, hot coffee
Your Word open in my lap.
I pray that my heart would be open.
It’s almost always early –
But sometimes it’s not still and quiet.
Sometimes I hear the thudding of small steps above me –
Shrieks of laughter – sometimes crying – too.
Sometimes my space is cluttered with toys and clothes –
Sometimes my coffee is cold.
But Your Word is still open in my lap.
I’ve kept my appointment. And You are here.
I pray that my heart would be still, tender, open –
In the midst of this – my oft times chaotic life.
I thumb through the precious pages of Your Book.
I see notes I’ve written about life’s events
And am reminded how Your Word met my need.
I feel so at home here –
This is a place where I feel completely loved.
I read Your Word to me – It is alive!
Showing me You – then showing me myself.
You speak to the deepest part of my life –
My greatest need at that moment.
This I desire – to love You so greatly
That what I read and learn, I truly bring into my life;
That obedience is not simply an act of my will
But an act of my heart – true devotion to You.
Oh, that I may walk in the Truth of Your Word.
© Copyright 2001, C. Dianne Thornton
Today, I hear the sounds of blow dryers and Air1 in the mornings. I still prefer an orderly space; but when it’s not, bottles of nail polish, guitar pics, discarded strings, and airsoft gear have replaced the clutter of childhood. I keep my leather-bound Bible nearby, but I use my iPad on a daily basis for my quiet time. The busy schedules of three teenagers still keeps my schedule chaotic and I need the peace and stillness that time alone with Jesus brings.
My life is completely different now than it was when I wrote this.
My Lord Jesus is the same. Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”