Energy Crisis

“The joy of the Lord is your strength” Neh 8:10

Most of us have a daily routine – a series of repetitious chores, errands, and tasks that demand our time and are required to maintain life at its most basic level. “Routine,” says Jewish theologian Abraham Heschel, “makes us resistant to wonder.” When we let our sense of wonder and awe drain away we lose the sense of our preciousness to God. Jesus recognized our preoccupation  with these duties in His sermon on the mount. He said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matt 6:25) 

joy of the lordBut how do we apprehend the life that is “more important than food” when so much of our time and energy are spent providing and maintaining the essentials of food, clothing, and shelter? The “daily grind” can cause us to lose our sense of God’s purpose and presence. We may feel like Job, who despaired, “When He passes me, I cannot see Him; when He goes by, I cannot perceive Him.” (Job 9:11) 

Julian of Norwich, the 14th century English mystic, had a perspective that can help restore joy to even the most lackluster days. She said, “Joy is to see God in everything.” The psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” (Ps 19:1) and the prophet Isaiah write, “The whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isa 6:3) The glory of creation is that it points us to the greater glory of the Creator. If life’s routines are wearing down your enthusiasm and joy, take time to seek out His love, majesty, and goodness revealed in creation. Be renewed in your joy of God who is, and who you are to Him, and find His strength and purpose in even your most routine tasks. 


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