BigRead13 Day 18 : Time

The #BigRead13 Day 18

You can find day 18’s post from the #BigRead13 here.

Today we’ve been set Proverbs 6:9-12 to ponder.

How long will you lie there, O lazybones?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want, like an armed warrior.

Ah, well, we would get this passage on the one day I’ve had a real proper lie-in beyond breakfast time for months. And, indeed, this was only in an attempt to get some rest to deal with an arthritis flare-up. Was that so sinful?

We’re asked to think about how much time we spend in the ‘gratification of feeble curiosities’ – a quote from today’s extract from The Screwtape Letters. Some thoughts to distract you, dear reader, whilst I go and delete the Wikipedia pages from my browsing history…

I have been trying to become more focussed in my work life, my personal life and my prayer life.

Work is very hard to do – my job involves both reading widely around subjects, including those that may be of tangential relevance now but great importance over the next few years, and answering ‘hotline’ type queries which are, by their nature, unpredictable.

Personally, a little boy running round does force a degree more of focus – gone are the days of lazing around doing things on a whim.

Prayer. Now that is probably the most relevant to this blog.  Prayer and distraction. Those snatched moments on the train when #trainprayer could be swallowed up in checking my emails one more time? Taking the time to pray is something from days six and seven of the #BigRead13. And it is something to keep working on throughout Lent and beyond.

Lord, give me the will and the space to spend time with you; to know you better; to hear your voice more clearly; to share with you more fully.