July 8

Written by Bill Grandi on July 8th, 2019

My title for this devotion is Sameness: Rut vs Routine.

I have spent the past two weeks playing hit-or-miss. My morning Quiet Time took a hit. Maybe I should say my normal, meet-God-in-the-morning Quiet Time took a hit.  I confess to getting up early so at the crack of dawn I could ride my bike. It was a good stress reliever plus I knew that later in the day would be a lost cause. I chose to ride before my hot day began. I would have my Quiet Time at night after Jo went to bed. But with no internet it was not possible to post here.

Maybe that’s why I told Jo last night as I was getting my things ready for my Quiet Time that I’ll be glad to get back to my routine. Some might call it a rut. And I suppose it could be. Early car drivers knew the conditions of the hard-packed roads means they needed to choose their rut wisely.  I’m choosing my rut. It’s early morning now and my routine is back!

I was reminded of that this morning as I began reading Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. It is amazing to me how just after days out of the routine plays havoc with my spirit, Psalm 119 brings me back. “Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.” [v.2] “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your Word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” [Vv.9-11]

What great words to hear this morning! I missed this morning “routine.” I missed this sameness. In this case, it is a good routine. I must keep it from being a rut, one I dread. But I must keep it a routine, one I look forward to. It is in this routine that I find my rest. I find my refuge. I find my strength.

“Father, let me seek you with my whole heart. Let me use this good ‘routine’ as the way to know you and to know your Word. Draw me near to you, Father, as I get back into your Word.”


5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Welcome back! Great verses you referenced to remind me this morning of where I need to be.
    I agree with needing to look forward to the good routine. Not because I have to find the “groove”… But because I want it to be my desire.
    I second your prayer this morning!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Ryan. It is good to be back. I’m glad you were able to read between the lines and say it better than i was: “finding the groove” vs desire to be there. Much better said.

  2. Rut vs. Routine is something I’ve been pondering as of late, too, Bill, and have even toyed with a post about it. So glad you are back, connected, and in the groove!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      it is good to be back. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject in a post.

  3. floyd says:

    What a wonderful rut or habit to have. The ones that lead us to our Father are the ones that give us true peace. Good for you!

    And thanks for the reminder.