Routine Relationship


Wendy stared back at me with eyes that were pleading for understanding.  I meant well.  I was sincere.  I was the living, breathing version of ritual.  I had asked her, so often, "What do you want to do, today?  Where do you want to go?"  She'd noticed that I had allowed my relationship with her to become an agenda; a list of expectations that I could check-off.  On this morning, her answer reached my heart where it 's been lodged ever since.

"I don't want to tell you what I want to do, today.  I don't want to tell where I want to go, today.  Today, I just want you to be with me."

It's easy for me to derail my relationship with Jesus right into a routine.  "Where do You want me to go, today?  What do You want me to do?"  I mean well.

How often I've heard the precious Spirit of the Lord, through eyes pleading for understanding, "Today, Art, I just want you to be with Me."  I've discovered that when I walk in genuine fellowship and friendship with Jesus, it all gets done.  I go where He wants me to go.  I meet who He wants me to meet.  I learn what He wants me to do.  

"Father in heaven, never let me see You as a ritual nor allow our relationship to become a routine.  You are the Living God and I honor Your power and treasure Your presence in my life.  In Jesus' name, amen." 

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