I’m about to ask you to do something that might seem a little crazy. I know you’re still on break from school and your brain is in “off” mode, but I want you to turn it back on for just a little bit. Don’t be scared – you won’t be forced to learn anything (although you just might).
What I’m going to ask you to do is think. That’s it- just think. But this is what I want you to think about: this past year. What has God taught you? What have you seen Him do that amazed you or answered your prayers? What have you learned in 2010 about God?
The Bible calls this kind of thinking “meditation.” It’s a deeper kind of thinking than just regular old mental processing. When you meditate on something, you let your mind rest there. You spend time thinking about it. And you learn from what you discover.
I know the idea of sitting around and just thinking may not appeal to you, but it is worth trying. Besides, you’re still out of school – when will you have this kind of time again?! The Bible encourages us many times to think about what God has done (see verses below). When we really sit and think about all He has done for us, even in just one year, we are reminded of His love and His greatness. Meditating drives us to praise God and trust Him more.
I’ll admit that I am not one who often sits and meditates. I like things that are easy to understand quickly. But the Lord isn’t always that way. Sometimes, I don’t get what He’s doing in my life until I really stop and think about it. That’s when I start to see connections and see how He has been working through events in my life to point me to Him.
So I challenge you to try it sometime this next week. Take an hour or so and just think about this past year. What happened? Good stuff? Bad stuff? How did you see God come through? What do you think He’s been teaching you? You might be surprised what you learn.
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?”