The “D Word” Week 2- Meditation
Try some of the Following Exercises Throughout This Week. Remember that Christian meditation is different than eastern forms of meditation because it is about more than detachment. It is about learning to hear God’s voice and obey His word. Some of the exercises may seem more natural to you than others. Maybe have a journal with you to write down anything that God says to you through these exercises. Remember that you may feel a little like the jar of dirt at first, with lots of things swirling in your head. Just like any other kind of discipline, the spiritual disciplines take practice. Don’t worry about “results”, just focus on completing the exercise!
Monday-Learning “Holy Leisure”
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Spend some time today in the midst of your busy schedule realizing that God is with you. Try to spend at least 5 concentrated minutes of your day just relaxing in the presence of God. Don’t use this time to ask God for anything. Just be in his presence.
Tuesday-Learning to Meditate on Scripture
Use Psalm 1:1-3 or John 15:5 as a basis for meditating on scripture. Read the scripture over a couple times. Notice any words or phrases that “jump out’ at you. Picture the tree planted by streams of water, or the vine that Jesus is talking about. Ask God to give you insight on the passage. Spend at least 15 or 20 minutes “chewing” on one of these scriptures or one that you would choose.
Wednesday- Experiencing God in Creation
Take a few moments out of your day to spend in God’s creation. You don’t have to go far. You could go to a local park, or watch the birds in your back yard. As you look around you, notice the complexity and beauty in God’s created order. What does this teach you about God? Realize that the same God who created the universe cares for you!
Thursday-Palms Down, Palms Up
Find a quiet place to pray. As you pray, physically put your palms facing down. As you do, imagine placing all your worries and cares at the feet of Jesus. After you have named off all those worries and cares, turn your palms up. Holding your palms up, receive the fruits of God’s spirit for that situation. For example, If I am angry with Frank, as I put my palms down, I release my anger to God. As I turn my palms up, I receive God’s love for Frank.
Friday- Meditating On the Times and Our Role in Them
Spend some time reflecting on one major aspect of your life and ask God what he would say to you about it. Maybe it is a job situation or a big decision you are facing. Maybe it is a ministry God wants you to start or be involved in. Watch or read the local news. Reflect on your role in the events of our time. What is God calling you to do to right injustice, or to speak to a certain issue in our day? It would be good to read the gospels and the prophets to help us know God’s heart and not just listen to Fox News or CNN.