I am on a C. S. Lewis binge, rereading his Chronicles of Narnia. The Silver Chair is this week’s read, in which Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole are given the mission of rescuing the Narnia Prince Rilian. Near the beginning of the story, King Aslan gives to Jill four signs that will aid in their mission. She is instructed to remember the signs by repeating them every day, telling them to Eustace and later their companion, Puddleglum. The discipline of the repetition will allow them to recognize the signs when she, Eustace or Puddleglum encounter them. In the hardship of her journey she neglects the repetition and therefore they must face unnecessary challenges.
This act of remembering echoes God’s words to the Israelites while they were wandering in the wilderness, prior to entering the promise land. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:5-9)
The act of daily devotions can at time feel like a chore or empty ritual. Yet to neglect the ritual is to open oneself to other, less healthy, less meaningful influences. To read a passage of scripture, to pray the Lord’s Prayer, or to confess the Apostle’s Creed aides one in reorienting oneself to God’s mission and path. I confess I can easily be distracted from the main tasks of the day. Asking for God’s guidance, courage and strength helps me stay true to my mission to trust, live and serve.
How has daily time with God enhanced your life of faith?
Prayer: Lord God, only you know what is ahead for me today. I ask you to guide my thoughts, words and deeds, that they might bring honor to you.