Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true. – Ecclesiastes 12:9-10
The hours between 7:00-10:00, on a Saturday evening, comprise just about my favorite time of the week.
I have finished cleaning the kitchen after dinner, I have just now made a pot of tea, and Rebekah and I are both settling into our final preparations for Sunday morning.
She, working at the dining room table, is finishing up the last few paragraphs of her sermon before I run it off and she begins to completely tear the thing apart between now and the morning; I, holed up in the family room with a study book and a Bible, am preparing to teach my class.
All our combined creativity and curiosity and scholarship and passion for Jesus concentrated in these few hours between dinner and rest.
Ideas flying from room to room; Bible verses voiced and commented on; quotes from great authors and thinkers peppering our conversation; prayer voiced both independently and together; vision for the church we serve and inspiration for the good people we both love.
I’m not sure why it moves me so deeply, but it does. These hours of a Saturday evening are like everything that matters distilled into a moment of purpose, assurance, and conviction.
How will God choose to work in and through us this Sunday morning? I am not sure what exactly will transpire, but I can say beyond a shadow of any doubt that we are the most privileged of people to be in the middle of God’s will and faithfulness and to be witnesses to such profound initiatives of love and grace.
If reading this post is your first clear invitation to take a few steps on a new journey with Jesus, then please take a moment to pray with me:
Loving God, thank you for your wide open spirit and your unconditional willingness to walk with me as I travel along this road less often traveled by. Lead me, by your grace and mercy, lead me home. Amen.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.