I want to share a devotion from the Upper Room Devotional Magazine from June 6, 2010 that I came upon in my Grandfather's Bible tonight....it is amazing to read again and allow these wise words to sink into my soul....I hope they do the same for you! Thank you Dawn Mooring for writing them and UPper Room for publishing this devotion!!!
Linger Longer Devotion by Dawn Mooring (Georgia)
(with permission from the Editor to share this devotion)
Read Psalm 63:5-6 (NRSV) which says:
"The psalmist wrote, "My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on m bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night."
"I have a friend who lives on Linger Longer Road. Doesn't that name sound inviting? The drive between my home and my friend's takes over an hour. Upon arrival, I feel compelled to stay a while. The address, Linger Longer Road, prompts me to kick off my shoes and relax.
Maybe I should engrave the words "Linger Longer" on my Bible. On some days, I open the scripture and spend hours reading and savoring a passage. I enjoy God's words as if they were rich food set on a banquet table before me. But I have to admit that on other days, I grab a light snack from the scripture and keep walking. I tell the Lord, "Tomorrow."
Suppose I invite guests for dinner and fellowship. If they came and asked immediately for a to-go box, I would be insulted. I wonder if God feels the same way about the way we come to the Bible. God wants us to hunger for the love, wisdom, and instruction found in the Bible. Do we treat God's word like a fast-food drive-through? Perhaps engraving "Linger Longer" on the front of our Bibles would entice us to stay a while."
Prayer: Dear God, lead us to savor your word. Amen.
Quite a devotion, don't you think? I want to live on Linger Longer Road someday....and if I never find what part of the country has a road named that, I pray that I will linger with God a little more each day........He is amazing!!!