Once a week I meet with a group of women for Bible study. We are an eclectic group of women of different ages and different backgrounds. We are all at varying places in our faith journeys, but we enjoy spending this time together and sharing our experiences with each other. Because we have a variety of interests and study tastes we try to mix up the topics and authors. During one of the video lessons being lead by Beth Moore she shared her interest in walking in nature and the prayer that she says before she starts on each of these walks. She simply asks God to delight her on her walk and He does.
A dear friend of mine from this group has taken on this prayer as one of her own. She, as well, has never been disappointed. In fact, her husband has begun to expect to see these delights himself. He used to tell her not to hope to see much while they were out. She would dispute that and tell him that she had asked God to delight her. By the time the day was over she had always been delighted. Even her husband has been amazed at some of the things that they have seen. It has been helpful in strengthening his trust in prayer.
A couple of weeks ago my family and I were vacationing in not so sunny Florida. Most days were rain logged with brief dry periods. Don't get me wrong, we found ways to relax and have fun each day. Staying at a condo on the beach we would run outside to play shuffleboard or paddle ball with the slightest break in the clouds. As part of our entertainment on our last day of vacation we decided to rent a pontoon boat to see the wildlife along a part of the St. John's River. We have done this before and had a great time spotting birds, a couple of alligators, and even once we briefly watched a manatee. By Friday I had worked up a pretty sizable pity party in my head, so I decided that I might give this special prayer of Beth Moore and my friend a try. On our trip to the marina I silently asked God to "delight me" on our boat adventure. It was a wonderful day! We saw a hawk catch a fish that was nearly the same size as it and fly off with the fish, presumably to its nest. Turtles were lined along the length of downed trees. At the springs in a state park we watched 2 manatees frolic in the crystal-clear water. As we motored between the marina and the state park we spotted no less than 40-50 alligators along the waterway. They could be found in all shapes and sizes. We saw them swim across the river in front of us. We saw them floating among the reeds. They were sunning themselves in the mud along the shore. Others were stretched out along floating logs. We then heard the most beautiful blend of bird calls from the canopy of the trees. God truly delighted me through all my senses.
This made me think though...
Why don't I ever ask God what I can do to delight Him? How special would each day be if I worked to align my life with God's will? I bet that would be a delight as well. I think it would be just as simple to start each day with the words, "God how can I delight you today?" The difficult part would be listening for His answer and then most importantly doing what He asked.