Today’s Bible reading
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. — Romans 12:1-2
More thoughts for meditation
It can feel so easy to be conformed to this world. In an age when everything we need and want is at our fingertips and we are told over and over that our individual needs are priorities. We need the reminder in Romans to push us towards transformation. Transformation is not easy, it require as push. One such push is disturbance.
There is a prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake, an English sea captain in the 1500’s. There’s not actually much known about the poem/prayer that is thought to be authored by him. But it is powerful nonetheless. His poetry is filled with metaphors of sailing and the sea. It is hard to imagine a 16th century sea captain asking for disturbance. Traveling by sea seems disturbing enough. But he asks for God to challenge him.
In our daily lives, it is easy to get comfortable and rest in our accomplishments. We get into a flow at work. A practice that works for our spiritual lives. A routine with our friends. All in all we are fine with how things are. Do we feel comfortable, especially when sailing close to shore, asking God to disturb us? Do we think we could venture from the safety of our routines, to the choppy waters and possible storms that come when we leave our comfort zone. It might make life more difficult. It might bring more challenge to our lives. But the future will be far more of an adventure and we can see transformation in our lives and the lives of those we get to meet when we sail further out.
Suggestions for action
Pray this prayer, modified from the original:
Disturb me, Lord, when I am too well pleased with myself,
When my dreams have come true
Because I have dreamed too little,
When I arrived safely
Because I sailed too close to the shore…
And push me into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love. Amen
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