April 14, 2017 by Scott Howard
I don’t know about you, but there are certain times that my mind clears and when that happens it is eye opening.
Mowing the yard can be one of those times, but that’s only part of the year.
Often I take time to take the road less traveled in my daily commute. I get to see the sunrise over a farmers field, or the morning mist of a foggy morning.
Other times, on the weekend I may stop and explore the city and snap a few pictures of a perspective that most people, including myself don’t see as we do our daily hustle.
It’s Easter weekend. There are two events that all Christians hold near and dear because they are the events that mark the significance, in a public way, the life of Christ. Christmas in December is remembered as a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the son of God and son of Mary. 100% human and 100% God.
A few months later, the church calendar varies the exact date year to year, but in March or April, Easter is celebrated by Christians. The significance of Easter is that Jesus did not die on the cross and have his body remain in the grave (or tomb) like all other humans, but he really did conquer death, the devil and according to scripture, 40 days later the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost.
Check out your local Christian church or Christian friend to get more, I want to get back to the topic I started with.
On a daily basis, my morning routine is to start with a nice warm shower to wake up. The shower I use in our home, is just that, a simple shower with a frosted glass door.
When I first turn on the hot water, (followed by the cold), before I step in the shower, a burst of cool air rushes by as the warm water displaces the air. I’ve noticed this before but today decided to share the thoughts that came to me this morning.
The Shower & God.
The metaphor I experience , as a Christian, when I turn on the shower goes like this:
The warm water is like God’s Love thru his Holy Spirit that chases the cold air (or my own self-spirit out of the shower. Physics say the capacity of the shower is finite so when the water is turned on, it pushes out the cold air that was occupying that space.
When I actively seek God’s Holy Spirit to occupy my life, it pushes out my own self desires which are replaced with His desires in my life.
I could go deeper and come up with metaphors for the soap and scrubbing clean, but for today… that’s it.
The shower has become a quiet corner in our house for me to refresh and start each day with God in thought, prayer, reflection and conversation to start each new day clean again.
What do you do that draws you closer to your creator?