by Linda Veath
Our Bible study had been exceptionally good. We had shared openly about what it meant to meditate on God’s Word. And we had confessed the struggles we had finding time for our daily devotions. And how easily we could become distracted when we were reading. Some of us even admitted that, at the end of the day, we often remembered that we’d read a great devotion that morning, but couldn’t remember what it was about. Finally, we discussed the things we could do to help us keep focused on God’s Word.
I was still mulling all of this over the next morning at breakfast. I had wanted to share something with our group that had helped me in years past, but I had hesitated. Now I couldn’t get it off my mind. A speaker had shared at a conference how she carried a “traveling altar” with her. She put her journal, Bible, devotions, etc., in a tote bag and carried it with her everywhere. Then, if she had time between appointments or a long wait at a doctor’s office, she could pull out her traveling altar and have a quiet time, reading and praising God.
I loved that idea. And I wanted to share it with my group. But to do so, I needed to find the Bible verse she had used. So I wrote myself a note “find Bible verse,” left it on the table where I would see it, and turned again to my devotions for the day.
As I began to read them, I started to smile. Then I laughed out loud. My Scripture reading from “Our Daily Bread” was none other than the passage from Genesis (12:7b-9) I had wanted to share. Really, Lord? You plopped it right down in my lap? It was the affirmation I needed to share the idea with others. It was also a reminder that Our Lord, the God of Jeshurun, guides each and every step of our day. And on top of it all, He even provided a devotion for me to write for Divine Detour!
Yes indeed. There is no one like our God! All praise and honor be Yours, O Lord, forever!