Psalm 119:18: “I will meditate on your commandments
and give attention to your ways.”
Some of us (and truly only some of us) have found ourselves with more free time during this period of shelter in place. I know I personally feel busier than ever with homeschooling children in addition to working from home. That said, I know one of the most fruitful things I have ever done when I have found myself with more free time has been meditating upon and even memorizing passages from Scripture. Those texts still sustain and uphold me even years later and I return to them again and again.
If you’d like to try meditating on and/or memorizing Scripture, an easy method is to pick out a short verse or phrase that really speaks to your soul. Write it on a small piece of paper that you can either post some place you see consistently or just keep in your pocket. Do this for the day – and return to it again and again and again. Say it over and over. You can even set it to a short tune to help you recall it. Soon the text will stick and then it will become part of you ... and those words can become transformative and sustaining. This is one of the gifts of attending to Scripture and God’s “ways” and it is something I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Be well. This too shall pass. In the meantime, we pray.