Signposts: Daily Devotions

Written by Renée Miller

Tuesday, April 29

Rise, let us be on our way.
—Luke 7:14

We have to rise to walk. We have to be in motion to get somewhere. We have to awaken ourselves to experience the running stream of life. Part of the wonder of being alive is seeing the world in constant motion. Creation and re-creation. Getting from point "a" to point "b" without going in a straight line.

Accommodating ourselves to the twists and turns by letting ourselves be flexible and pliant—like sitting in the car on a roller coaster, or leaning into the turns when riding a motorcycle. It's the ride itself that is so exhilarating. We start going to sleep when it all becomes too linear—when getting from point "a" to point "b" is nothing but a straight shot.

It's why we are so attracted to action movies, or the Olympics. We know there is a thrill, a rush, a kick in life that beckons, but we have somehow forgotten how to experience it ourselves. So, we experience it vicariously from the couch.

Why not recover the ability to live fully and deeply again? Why not take Eleanor Roosevelt's advice to do one thing every day that scares us? Why not take a chance, brave a risk, play with life again as we did when we were children? Why not open ourselves to the pulsating cosmos that God created, riding life as if we were on a white-water raft screaming with delight as the water soaked us and sent us into ecstasy at the same time?

God did not intend for us merely to glide through life like a ghost. The movement and change, the winding bends and complicated curves are just a taste of the immensity of grandeur that awaits us if we will wake up.

O God, scrub off my timidity and let me feel the fullness of the life you have given me.

The Signposts for April are written by Renée Miller and originally appeared on in May 2004.