Weekends are great. I thank God for weekends, because without the Sabbath, there’s no weekend! Rest and personal time are God’s gifts to us. My busy weekdays are over, and I can focus on whatever I want to. Or not. I can enjoy reading, movies and walks without planning, just floating along from one happy activity to another, “as the Spirit moves me.”
As a college student, worked different than now, as I seem to have a different workday every day. Back then I got to the SDSU Library by 7:30. I had a quiet time with God in a study carrel before my 9:30 class. I read, prayed and kept a journal, Monday through Friday. I felt close to God, and the Holy Spirit seemed to guide my life and answer my prayers. I had a structure, and I had time for God.
Lent requires intentional planning and structure, like I used to have because I wanted a good parking space. On weekdays, I can impose some structure on my time in the Study, or at breakfast or lunch. On weekends, I need to set aside time and a quiet place to read, pray and listen for God. If I put off making it happen, suddenly I’m eating dinner and my day is all used up.
My Lenten challenge this weekend: Will I delay checking Facebook, reading the comics, and searching the net for news about the Padres while I’m still in my pajamas? Will I get up at my regular weekday time so I can schedule God in before my unplanned day gets planned for me? Or will “Wait, Wait! Don’t Tell Me” on KCCU keep me away from God? What are your challenges?