This is Part 5 in our study/devotional series “An Awkward Stance” – a study on the book of Daniel.
Good morning, peeps!
I want you to be aware of the struggle I am having this morning. When my alarm sounded at 3-stankin’-30, I just laid there and asked myself why I didn’t tell you that I was on a business trip this week with the hope that y’all would give me a pass on these devotionals. I did. I sure did. Not all of my 3:30 a.m. thoughts are spiritual. Shoot. Judge me if ya wanna. I’ve lost count of the number of meetings I’ve been in, names of VPs that I’ve already forgotten and the long after-dinner conversations everyone wants to have like they don’t have a 3:30 a.m. wake-up call. Oh, wait. They don’t. I’m trying really hard to be present and take it all in because this is an amazing opportunity career-wise, but I keep looking at my watch and also thinking about how I’ll be in prison this weekend. Nevertheless (that’s my big Bible word for the day), here I am typing. And struggling. Y’all don’t understand. The struggle this morning is real and it’s not because I don’t want to write a blog. Uhn-uh. That’s not it.
I really, REALLY want to do the study portion today. It’s not Thursday, though.
I woke up with the last line from yesterday’s blog on my heart: he didn’t have a taste for it. As I laid in bed, ya know – pondering the meaning of life, that sentence dug itself further into my heart. He didn’t have a taste for it. Man. Y’all… I’m trying to wait until Thursday, but… I don’t know if I’m gonna make it! Trying to hold this in is making me squirm!
I don’t read bible commentaries. I skim them. I look for something to catch my eye first and then I hone in. This morning, I pulled up Matthew Henry’s commentary on Daniel 1 just to verify something. Good grief. I was just trying to see if the backstory I remembered of Daniel was on point. Dude went in. Does anyone else do this: open an article and quickly look to see how long it is before you start reading it? THAT’S WHAT I DID!! Ha! If I have to hit the PG DN button more than twice, I’m done. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Well, the length of this article is well past two clicks of the PG DN button. Admittedly, I don’t know how long it really is because I stopped after two clicks and scrolled back up to the top. And I was just about to exit the screen when I saw the word “pious”. Hmm. Let me look at that sentence. Aww man! I was already struggling to keep this entry as a short devotional and this only made it worse. Check it:
“Their pious refusal to eat the portion of the king’s meat…”
The first thing that popped into my head was the image I have as the wallpaper on my phone’s home screen.
DO YOU NOW SEE WHY I AM STRUGGLING NOT TO WRITE THE STUDY TODAY??
Do this for me. Download or take a screenshot of that image and look at it throughout the day. Why? Because I want to prepare you for tomorrow’s study. Because you need that thought seared into your brain. Because I am about to lose my mind over here. Oh, yeah – let me tell you this, too: Daniel and his friends were of royal lineage. Israeli royalty. Covenant royalty.
And they knew it.
Lord God, Jesus AND Holy Spirit, please help your daughter be present in these meetings today. It’s only Wednesday. Thank you. Amen.