One of my favorite Peanuts cartoons starts with Lucy at her five-cent psychology booth, where Charlie Brown has stopped by for advice:
“Life is like a deck chair, Charlie,” she says. “On the cruise ship of life, some people place their deck chair at the rear of the ship so they can see where they’ve been. Others place their deck chair at the front of the ship so they can see where they’re going.”
The good “doctor” looks at her puzzled client and asks, “Which way is your deck chair facing?”
Without hesitating, Charlie replies glumly, “I can’t even get my deck chair unfolded.”
If you’re like me, you may be in the same pickle that Charlie is in. On the cruise ship for Christ, I have a lot of difficulty even opening up my deck chair. I’ve gotten it open a few times, basked in the Son, then folded it up and forgotten how to open it again. For the majority of my life I believed I was doing spirituality wrong or I just wasn’t the type of person to be spiritual. I am slowly starting to figure out that the “chair” is a huge distraction to my spiritual life…so is the ship. The reality is that we are spiritual, and we are in the Kingdom. Each step we take is a destination and God is working in every single thing in my life and yours.
As we go about the spiritual todays of our lives, we have to choose to accept the inevitable fact that we are already there and that it isn’t about “how to” or “why not” it’s about right now, every single day.
Thank You, Lord, for erring on grace when I err on distractions.