A Lordy Day
I love how John begins his Revelation. He is on the island of Patmos “for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” He declares that he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day. Literally, a “Lordy day.” He was the recipient of an amazing divine revelation. Although he was an apostle, we can have “Lordy” days, too.
Now, God’s word is finished and complete, so I’m not talking about receiving new revelations a la Joseph Smith. What I am talking about is experiencing the joy of being in God’s presence, of being under the control of the Spirit. My more conservative friends are squirming in their chairs right now, but bear with me! I’m not talking about some contrived experience brought on by something we do, but the results of being alone with God in His word and in prayer and hearing his quiet voice speak to our hearts. Have you experienced that?
Many of us have not. I am convinced it is because we are so seldom alone and quiet for any length of time. It is hard to do. Life is very busy, isn’t it? Because it is, we have to be intentional to have some time set aside to spend extended time in reading the word and in prayer. Or maybe to just take a long walk in the woods, or work in the garden alone. I have had the joy of experiencing some wonderful times of fellowship with the Lord in the thirty plus years I have followed Jesus. Not as many as I’d like, but the times I have were refreshing to my faith, tiny glimpses of the heavenly joy we will each have in his presence.
You know, I think I will go for a long walk!