July 11, 2017
Sarah Briggs Amoth has this to say in the “think” portion of the devotion “d365” for this date:
The Bible makes many references to an “evil one.” We often personify this as a devil character, red and wielding a pitchfork. Step back for a second, and imagine: what if the “evil one” referenced isn’t a devil, but rather all the things that get in the way of cultivating our relationship with God, everything that prevents that relationship from taking root. That could be our own tendency to stick God in a box. If we categorize God in the way we categorize our lives, we miss out on the rich and abundant life God wants with us. God is in all things and wants us to discover that so our lives will be fuller. When we do finally understand that God is in all, we can walk throughout life in step with God. Talking to God becomes natural, more thoughtful, and enduring. Feeling God’s presence – communion with God – becomes the regular. We grow in the light of God because we experience God in new, whole ways.
“All the things that get in the way” made me stop and think. I suppose "I" may be the biggest obstacle - my own agenda, own desires, own petty grievances, own ego. "I" can certainly make for a pretty huge boulder. Hmmm…