Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Routine.
My routine has been the same for years now. Waking up before the rest of the house, I grab my coffee which is always waiting for me because it’s pre-set the night before. I head to the family room and my desk, where I do my morning devotions. Then I proceed to do other, also routine activities before I start my day like check emails and send a few as well.
Routine can basically be defined as that which is ordinary, habitual, or typical even.
In typing that sentence, it hits me – my desire is for my morning devotions to be anything but routine. My heart is for Scripture to become anything but rote, as that will bring a mechanical feel to my reading. It will simply be another check mark in my head of a task completed.
The word prompt – Routine – brought to mind a verse read years ago:
“Open my eyes, that I may see, wondrous things from Your law.” (Psalm 119:18, NKJV)
Wondrous isn’t a commonly used word nowadays. It struck me deeply as this was the desire of my heart. To see wondrous things when reading Scripture, not the routine or rote.
I quickly learned the definition of “wondrous” – it is to excite wonder; marvelous.
In seeing the wondrous things, Scripture reading becomes anything but routine. The wondrous ignites an excitement. Scripture becomes marvelous, an awe grows inside, drawing us closer to God. The wondrous swells our hearts, enlarging them as they become filled with His truth and love.
Yes, I want a morning routine but,
I don’t want to approach God’s Word routinely.
“Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.”