Thinking About Thinking About God
Thursday is sermon day, and I am hard at work writing my Sunday sermon (so nobody call me, OK?) . I wasn’t even going to think about writing on the blog; in fact, I hadn’t even thought about not thinking about it. Then my inbox pinged and I had an email from my friend Alan Smith and his TFTD (Thought for the Day). I thought this was right on target, so I decided to share it. Alan won’t mind; he borrowed it from Richard Fairchild’s Not Far From the Kingdom of God. As easy as it was not to think about the blog, it is sometimes very hard to think only about God. Enjoy.
In the days of the circuit riders a minister was out riding one afternoon and came upon a man out working in his field. "Fine day, isn't it?" the minister called out.
"It's fine for you", the man replied, "All you have to do is ride around on that horse thinking about God all day long, while I have to sweat here in this field and then walk home afterward. I don't think it is right you should have things so easy while I have to work so hard."
"On the contrary", the minister answered, "thinking about God is one of the most difficult things you can do. And to prove it, I'll give you this horse if you can think about God and nothing else for one minute."
"You're on," said the man and immediately he sat down in silence. Thirty seconds later he looked up at the minister, and said, "Does that include the saddle?"
I would agree that thinking about God and nothing else is a very difficult thing to do. I would also add, though, that it is just as hard for ministers as it is anyone else! Paul wrote, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2).
But our mind is filled nearly every minute of the day with things on this earth -- concerns about things that have happened, concerns about things that will (or might) happen, concerns about what we have (or don't have), concerns about how to get what we don't have, concerns about people that have done us wrong, concerns about what we want others to do for us.
And our mind is so crowded with the things of this world, that there's just not much room left for God. It's hard to think about God and God alone, for there is so much competing for our attention.
Allow me to give you this challenge -- think about God and nothing else for one minute. If you can achieve that goal, strive for five minutes. May thoughts of God increasingly fill your mind so that you can eventually say with the Psalmist all day long, "I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works." (Psalm 145:15)