I’ve talked before about coffee with God. About sitting in a chair in the morning talking with God.
I don’t think I ever told you that the chair in my office. The chair I sit in most mornings to read from the Bible, to converse with God in my journal, once was my grandfather’s chair.
It sat in the living room of the small house he built in northern Wisconsin. It came, I think, from Sears, Roebuck. It was where he sat to watch Walter Cronkite and “Gunsmoke.” It was where he sat to talk with company.
When Bill Hybels talks about having a chair to sit in, he says, “Your chair can be anywhere.” And he’s right. We can talk with God anywhere, anytime. But your chair also needs to be somewhere. Humans live in space and time. We benefit from picking a space and a time, a geography for conversation.
When I was younger, I met with my friend Chris at Jo-Jo’s on Sunday nights. When I’m mentoring someone we pick a time and a place to meet regularly. A friend goes to Wendy’s with her aunt. It’s their place to talk.
If it is helpful to have “a place” for our conversations with human persons, might that not also be helpful for our conversations with God persons?
I’m talking with some people about spiritual formation this week and I realized that one of the best ways to illustrate the idea of having a chair for time with God is to show them the chair. To sit in the chair while I teach, to tell them the story of the chair, to remind them of the concept of my chair time with God all through class.