Thursday, February 14, 2013
DRIVE-THRU WAKE UP CALL
By Linda Dixon
A co-worker came into the office yesterday with a story to share. On her way to work, she saw a church that was offering a DRIVE-THRU service for Ash Wednesday. The Priests of the church were standing outside with signs advertising this service. I did not grow up in a church that practiced the observance of Ash Wednesday, but I was still somehow offended by this "convenience store approach" to the beginning of the holy season of Lent. I found myself offended on God’s behalf. This drive-thru approach seemed irreverent, disrespectful, and insulting to our God.
I attend a Wednesday night Bible Study and last night shared this story. Someone else mentioned that they saw the same type of thing at a metro stop. Again, I was shocked. Can people really not spare the time for God to go into His house and observe Ash Wednesday?
I woke up this morning with this situation still on my mind and immediately felt God’s conviction. I claim to be a friend of God, I have studied the Bible and attended Church for most of my life and yet I have sometimes treated my relationship with God like a drive-thru service.
How many hours a week do I stop and spend time talking with my God? How much time do I spend listening for his voice and his direction? How many hours do I spend reading secular books when I could be reading His word? And at how many Sunday worship services do I quiet my wandering mind and thoughts and spend time truly worshiping my Holy God?
How irreverent, how disrespectful to the God I claim to love. What a wake-up call. So I am convicted and humbled and once again ask for his forgiveness.
I thank God for his mercy and grace.
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”