You know that saying “so many books, so little time”? I’m considering an audio-book app for my phone. It’s that time of year where I spend a considerable amount of daylight in the garden, which means my mind just kind of wanders, I suppose.
I’m checking out the one from Amazon, lots of books I can download for around $15 a month. However, that’s a chunk of change over time, so I may need to do some creative budgeting if I go that route.
Of course, they have that inviting hook of a 30-day free trial, cancel at any time and get one or two books free to start the subscription. And there’s this one book on prayer I’m interested in.
Now some may say that prayer is simply communication with God. True. But when is effective communication ever “simple”? (If you’re reading, you’re probably a writer yourself, so you get it.) Am I humble enough to admit I might need a little help here?
When we start our prayer journey with God, I can see that He gives us some freebies, a bit like a trial period to encourage us toward a deeper understanding of this union with Christ. But after a while, I wonder if He doesn’t expect a little payment on our part; that is to say, a greater commitment of time and sweat equity in hearing from Him and partnering with Him in this spiritual hidden treasure of communication with the Almighty Creator of the Universe.
“In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
“For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”
And hidden treasures are there to be found. In fact, one commentary mentions that the word “hidden” is meant, not in the sense of “kept secret”, but “stored away for safe keeping. It’s a treasure that is meant to be discovered by the right people.
I.e., His children.
These two verses, both penned by Paul in the same letter, mean that I can view myself as safely tucked away in the same treasure box as Christ, rummaging around in there for whatever He has for me, including deep and intimate (and different) forms of communication with Him!
With that in mind, I may be investing in an audio-app. That way I can water the tomato plants and my soul at the same time.
Colossians 2:3; 3:3 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.