In our worlds I think we appreciate and prefer the routine. We are creatures of habit. A slight variation or small twist is okay now and then, but in general we like the predictable. Life is more manageable when we know what to expect at work, at home, at church. We have our role and we fill it.
In our faith I think we also prefer the known. On Sunday morning we sing, pray, read a little scripture, hear the message. And we pass the offering plate! In our private faith lives we have our own routines – maybe time with God in the morning or maybe it is time before going to bed. Even our prayer life is probably predictable to a large extent.
While we prefer the comfort and predictability found in the routine, it can become too comfortable. We can show up, punch the clock, and go through the motions – at work, at home, at church. And in each of these places, when we are too comfortable with the status quo, we can miss the opportunities that God places before us.
Sometimes God is disruptive – a major event or a person or situation we cannot avoid happens into our life. But more often He is quiet – it is a person we could normally pass by or it is a line from a reading or the sermon that catches in our mind. Instead of moving on and ignoring that tug or nudge, stop and engage that person. Instead of just letting go of that line, wrestle with it. Allow God to be a living, vibrant part of your life. Allow this to become your new ‘normal.’ He is an amazing God who has amazing things for His children. He will not disappoint.