I’ve been thinking about my margins. Maybe that’s because I was just taking notes in Bible study like a crazy woman - even stuffing the thoughts vertically on the page. I didn’t want to forget a single word because my soul was on fire in this truth!
But I don’t think my kids understand the idea of margins. I mean, computers do it for them. Remember the day, girls? The “be sure to stay in the margins, please” days. When, even as you typed, you had to tell yourself to enter so that you didn’t cross the boundary line. Making margins was critical to creating order on the page. Kids these days... they don’t have a clue what we went through in English class!
But my margins? My life ones. How are they looking? I can joke about my kids not getting it, but do I?
The purpose is order. Yes. Blank space that creates peace on a page. Boundaries for the flow of our thoughts. But my life needs them, too.
Margins for my husband.
It’s in these margins that I’m able to be still and respond to the Lord as I read His Word - where we enjoy conversation. It’s where I grow and dwell on the truths that He gives me to believe and live out His Word once I close those pages and go.
Without my margins, I’m a mess. Literally. My life gets jumbled, disorganized, frantic. There’s no order, no peace, and certainly no time to sit and soak in His truth. My “go” looks very different... my serving turns to striving and I worship my work rather than my Savior.
Psalm 16:11 declares, “In your presence is abundant joy.” But it’s our responsibility to make time to experience His presence. Just as our relationships with people need intentional time to grow, so does our time with Jesus. We need to create margins for this. But how?
For me, it’s the same as on paper. We end the lines and honor the boundary. We edit the space as we say no to the unnecessary. We practice this discipline over and over. And as we make room to experience our Savior’s presence, He takes our empty margins and fills them with His overflowing joy. Check plus!
Lord, as we make space for you, may we experience the fullness of your presence with joy! Amen.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" - Psalm 46:8-10
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. - Psalm 16:11