Like so many others who are able to till, seed, and water the soil to bring forth plant life (I exclude myself from this list), Shawn and Lisa Klassen put in a grandé garden this summer. As we heard this past Sunday, it was Shawn's idea and he brought Lisa and Mac into his vision and behold there were vegetables, lots of vegetables.
I love what their garden became this summer: not just a place to feast on fresh produce, but a sacred space to "do devotions," to ponder what is growing in the depths of our lives, feeding on God's Word. At different times over this summer season, the Klassens had people over to linger in their garden, read the Bible, journal a bit and share. Lisa described this in the photo below, taken in their garden:
"Devos in the garden.
Quiet reflection on passages, journaling,
sharing and prayer. Just simple get-togethers
where we invite others to do devos together."
-- Lisa and Connie
What I love is how Lisa and Shawn made space for this...or better put, made this space to include this.
When I think of devotions, it is something we do intentionally in our lives, but there is so much creativity as to the how and when and where and with whom. Spending time in God's Word doesn't need to be complicated. You don't need a big lead up. You don't need a giant amount of time. You don't need to "be a great writer" and you don't even need to "be a big reader." What you need is a seeking heart and a willingness to let the Holy Spirit teach you.
You can sit in interesting places with God, you can steal 15 minutes at a coffee shop, you can invite a friend to create a shared experience.
The Bible says, "Certainly the Lord watches the whole earth carefully..." (I am sure He saw a few people who just happen to be opening God's Word in a garden in Kelowna) "and is ready to strengthen those who are devoted to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9 NET
Devoted = very loving or loyal, to study and discuss = devotions.
If you haven't figured out what this looks like in your own life, you can
- contact any of the @sunridge.org staff (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org etc.). We will meet with you and walk with you!
- stop by the Connect Centre on a Sunday
- access a reading guide here (remember, you don't have to conquer the guide. Read some, read all...there are no rules here)
- Get in touch online here and we will get back to you about a devotional life!
Don't let this year go by without meeting with Jesus regularly. You will find Him in all kinds of interesting places...