I am also enjoying my Lenten commitment of using my workout as a time to make space for God. I began by bringing along a card with a few requests written on it. As I exercised and prayed my way through the list, I found God prompting me to remember many other persons and situations as well. I quickly realized that I need to always bring more blank cards and a pen! What I am learning is that the more I pray, the more I feel the need to pray, and the more requests impress themselves on my heart. This discipline of body and soul is a good one on many levels for me, and I am excited to see how God will use this time to stretch (literally and figuratively!) and challenge me.
Today, I also brought along a devotional book about finding God in the silence, and I read a few pages as I pedaled on the recumbent bike. As my legs worked feverishly and my heart pounded, my mind was quieting itself. An amazing sensation. . . . It made me wonder at how many other points in my day could I listen to God while going about seemingly mundane tasks. I have a quote on my fridge from St. Ignatius Loyola that sums up how I am feeling today. . . .
"To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory.
But, a man with a dung fork in his hand,
and a woman with a slop pail
give Him glory too.
God is so great, that all things give Him glory,
if you mean that they should."