After decades of being beside me, a regular travel companion was becoming unreliable.
As an author, I am on the road from time to time—sometimes over land and sometimes over the ocean. Having a reliable companion is essential while traveling, speaking, teaching, or book signing.
My companion is not like any other. It is a small, green, faded plastic battery-powered travel clock. It takes up little space, is lightweight, and appears on every packing list. Placing it beside my bed—no matter where I am, brings me a measure of comfort and also provides a sense of security since I value punctuality.
In the past when it stopped, I replaced the battery. A spare battery is also a part of my travel equipment. Recently, it began to stop and start, becoming unreliable. I make a habit of talking over everything about my day with the Lord. So I asked if the mechanism was quitting on me or if the battery was going dead.
A thought crystallized in my spirit: clean the battery connection. The Holy Spirit is never wrong. Dust particles had settled inside. Once attended to, my travel companion was back on time.
Sometimes our important relationships become disconnected due to maintenance neglect. Even taking them for granted can develop a fractured communication. A little intentional effort can restore unity, especially with our Father God.
This is why Psalm 119 is also an excellent travel companion. Verse 25 reads, My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word. And verse 149 declares, Hear my voice according to Your loving kindness, revive me O Lord, according to Your ordinances.
Outer appearances will grow old, but our spirit relationship with God needs constant refreshing. Find one way to daily renew your relationship with God.
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