Point to Ponder: God wants to be my best friend.
Question to Consider: What can I do to remind myself to think about God and talk to him more often throughout the day?
I wonder if my challenge in this chapter is not so much friendship with God, but the very idea of friendship. In some ways, friendship is the most fragile of relationships, with the lowest barriers to exit. You don’t need to move, file papers, give two weeks notice. You just stop. It is perhaps the only strong relationship you can actually lose by mistake, without even realizing it!
In that context, I appreciate Rick’s focus on friendship as “informal habits” vs. “formal rituals.” Friendships are almost completely absent in ritual, yet (at least the male version) strongly founded on habits and traditions: the morning breakfast, watching football (or at Caltech, Star Trek) together, the spring fishing/fall hunting trip, etc. In many cases, guys may never actually share a word with each other, but they’re still communicating (via grunts, yells, and slaps :-). I wonder if Paul’s idea of continuous prayer might actually be closer to that…
I also loved Rick’s conception of “meditation” as “like worry, but focused on God’s Word instead of the problem” (paraphrased). I don’t think of myself as a worried person, but it’s truer to say I’m not “anxious”, in the sense of fearful. I still “worry” over problems all the time — sometimes late at night. Not because I’m afraid of the outcome, just that I’m obsessed with trying to solve the puzzle!
I’m not quite sure how to substitute meditating on God’s word for worrying over computer problems, but I suspect I would learn a lot from the attempt!
Prayer: God, rather than one long verbose prayer now, grant me the grace to offer you short prayers throughout the day. Love, Ernie