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Jeannie lived a life that was considered good by many. She had the clothes, the job, the cars, the money, the friends, the looks, and the popularity. Jeannie was considered wealthy.
If asked, Jenny would proclaim her wealth and say that she worked hard to get where she was. She attended the finest schools, the best social clubs, and hung out with the elite. Jeannie made all of the right connections and she didn’t take no for an answer. Jeannie was considered successful.
The eldest of three siblings and close to her family, Jeannie made family a priority. Her time was spent with her nieces and nephews; grandma and grandpa, and her mom and dad. On all accounts, Jeannie was considered family-oriented.
Jeannie hung out with her friends and they had a blast. They went on cruises, to the beaches, clubs, and major shopping trips. Jeannie was always there when her friends needed her, and they had the best of times when they were in each other’s company. Jeannie was considered a true friend .
Jeannie found herself stuck in traffic one day, in the midst of what the radio called a major traffic jam. They reported that a truck had spilled some oil, and that drivers could expect to be stuck for a couple of hours. Everyone started getting out of their cars and talking to each other. On all accounts, Jeannie considered herself stuck!
Jeannie started flipping the stations on the radio and came upon a religious station. Jeannie had gone to church when she was younger, but as she got older and busy, she felt she was too busy to go. As she listened to the preacher, she started thinking about the fun times she had in Sunday School with Ms. Callie. She even reflected on when she was baptized, and filled with the Holy Ghost. The more Jeannie reflected on her past experiences in church, the more she realized that she missed it.
She started reflecting on all of the praise songs, and how they made her feel. She had not felt that feeling of complete surrender or peace in months. As a matter of fact, Jeannie laughed to herself because she had not been in the true presence of God in years. She had gotten so busy with her life, job, and other things, that she didn’t have time to give to God anymore. Jeannie started feeling sorrowful.
As she listened to the radio a song came on with the words “praise is what I do, when I want to feel close to you, I lift my hands… Before the song could finish, Jeannie started to cry. An over-whelming feeling of praise came over her. She started praying to God and asking Him for forgiveness. She didn’t realize how long it had been since she was in His presence. It felt so good to her. She could not stop crying. She thought to herself that no success she had achieved made her feel so at peace and happy. People were looking at her, as she cried, thanked God, praised God and gave him glory in the midst of the traffic jam.
My question to you is this: Have you gotten so busy that you forget to praise God?
Psalm 9: 1- I will praise you oh Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works!
Psalm 34: 1- I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth!
I don’t mean a quick 30 second prayer, but some real time with him, like you spend on your job, with your friends, and with your family. He is still here waiting for you. What will it take for you to spend some quality time with him? A traffic jam!
Dawgelene “Dr. Dawj” Sangster