This week I will start joining my friend Lyli at her new meme. I hope you’ll stop over there and see what other bloggers are thinking about too.
I met Lyli’s wonderful husband on a mission trip to Haiti all the way back in 2008. It was the first international mission trip I ever took. When Bruce met Lyli, I could not have been happier for him. He’s such a good guy. The most amazing thing about Lyli is she’s so supportive of her husband. She’s honest and real. She’s a great teacher and a woman after God’s own heart. I’m happy to call her my friend. 😊
So here’s what I’m thinking about.
I get a devotional email everyday from Ravi Zacharias ministries called A Slice of Infinity. This week, one of the writers mentioned the practice of Ignatius’ conscious examen. One prayerfully looks back through the day to find and see all the places God showed up. Now I’m not the greatest about praying. I have good days and not so good days. But since I came home from Africa, I’ve really wanted to be still with the Lord. I looked into this practice of the conscious examen and found some inspiration to really be still and see how God is near me all through the day, to praise him, to thank him, to feel his presence.
It makes me think of Eric Lidell, the Scottish runner turned missionary. He put of his missionary call to run in the Olympics back in the 20s. He said when he ran, he could feel the pleasure of God.
Today, I had such a great day. I did a robotic laparoscopic Nissan fundoplication, which is a fancy way of saying a hiatal hernia repair. I’m not an expert in high tech, but I was calm. The patient was a guy from the Philadelphia area. His partner was with him for support. We had such a great conversation about Pennsylvania as we were waiting to go in the OR. He told me he knew he would like me from the minute he saw my tattoos. He told me he was happy I was going to be his nurse. As I poured out love and compassion to this guy I felt it. The pleasure of God. Jesus was standing next to me. He was smiling.
Looking back on today through the conscious examen, I see how God was with me through every moment, leading me, giving me a peaceful heart and compassion for others I haven’t felt so strongly in a long time.
I think I’m going to be okay for awhile sitting at Jesus’ feet. I think I may be able to be Mary after all. God is astoundingly good. He is with me. Immanuel.
That’s what I’m thinking about.