We spent the weekend traveling. I didn’t have my chair in the corner with the Moleskine
journal and the light over my shoulder and 6:05 am on the clock and my black Bible and my one special pen or my other special pen and mug of coffee. I had the journal and the Bible and the pen, but not the chair and the light and the alarm.
I felt lost.
Other times I have had the alarm and the chair and the Bible but couldn’t find the pen or left the journal at my office. I felt a little frantic, looking all over.
What happens in the convergence of this time and location and materials? It’s my coffee with God time.
I got the idea from Bill Hybels who talked about a guy he challenged to make time to talk with God. The guy eventually told Bill about coffee with God (Here’s the video). The guy had gotten a rocking chair, put it by a window, and sat and talked with God there every morning.
I’m not a very disciplined person, but I had an extra chair in my office and I decided to try it. In the journal I write the date, the time I got up, and then I write. Sometimes I list the people I’m concerned for. Sometimes I list the projects that need wisdom. Sometimes I write about not being able to think clearly at all. Sometimes I start reading something from the Bible and writing about it.
And I am aware that I am talking with God. I’m not sure whether I think he’s looking over my shoulder or looking at the page from the back as I write. I do know that writing slows my mind to prayer speed. And interacting with the Bible feels like conversation.
And that I miss it when I’m gone.
(If you watch the video, let me know what you think. Or if you have a routine that helps you, let us all know.)