I’ve mentioned before that I’m currently in the midst of making a significant decision about my future role at work (see here). That journey has been on-going for some time now.
Today, my wife and I carved out some time to pray and process together.
A friend asked what we were up to today. I replied that we were going to pray. After a brief pause, my friend responded, “Have fun!”
Fun. Was that my goal for today? Was I going to pray as a form of entertainment? No–not that prayer and worship can’t be fun, energizing, exciting experiences–but fun wasn’t what we were seeking. We are praying in order to get clarity, to discern what God would have us do.
But the farewell wish was, “Have fun!”
I realized that my choice to spend time in prayer about this decision was something that could sound strange to people. Most people would assume that an activity one chooses to engage in on a day off would be for the purpose of recreation, entertainment, fun. But in this case, my wife and I chose to invest our time in having a conversation with God. How do others respond to that? For some, it sounds strange, creepy, a little out of touch with reality.
There’s apparently no conventional social response to the pronouncement, “I’m going to pray today.”
Lest you get the wrong idea, I’m no guru when it comes to prayer. It takes discipline and intentionality on my part; prayer is not often my first response during the hard times–or the good times–of life. I can, at times, let prayer devolve to simply presenting my wish list before God.
I’m not perfect at talking with God; I’m growing, developing, learning how to express myself to Him and learning also how to hear His words back to me–true dialogue with the Creator of the Universe. It does sound a bit “out there”. And it is. But it’s also right here, interwoven in my life.
And sometimes, it’s even fun too.