Yesterday was a very busy day. Most days are but yesterday was exceptionally busy. I like to schedule time to be with the Lord one on one and on busy days it is more challenging. However, I have learned that it is the best thing I can do on a busy day. I do what I call “take the time to take the time.” I stop everything. I go up to my prayer loft and spend time with God. Yesterday I did it for about 10 minutes. It seemed like nothing but it turned out to be everything I needed. In those 10 minutes He reminded me that He is a calm God, He is not in a rush and He is always at peace. Isn’t it amazing? God, the One who created the world, the One who sees everything that is going on in the world is calm and collected all the time. He doesn’t lose patience. He doesn’t get angry. He doesn’t run around frantically wondering how He is going to fix the world. He is always at peace no matter what is happening. It doesn’t mean He doesn’t care.
God cares and He knows how to fix the world, how to mend our lives and how to restore what’s lost. When we are rushing around and we don’t give God the time of day, we lose something important. We lose the precious connection. We waste time. You could think that you are doing the opposite. You could think that taking care of business without taking the time to listen to God and to talk to Him is a waste of time. Time spent away from Him can turn into wasted time. I am not saying we are always wasting time. No, we have things to do and we should do it all for God so He can be magnified through our lives. It is when we ignore Him and we don’t include Him that we are wasting time. Think about all the time we could have with God if we took a few minutes here and there. Today I am inviting you to take the time to be with God every day for some time.
Jesus spent time with the Father in isolation. I believe it is crucial for us to do the same thing. It can be any time of the day. It can look any way we see fit. As long as we do it, we are spending our time in a very productive way. Spending time with God is extremely beneficial to our spirits. It gives us a boost and it stimulates our hearts. It is impossible to spend time with God and not get something out of it. It is impossible to spend time with God and not receive an impartation of His love. Think about it next time you spend time with Him. Think about what you receive from that time. It could be a small token of appreciation on His part. It could be a revelation. It could be a wave of peace. It could be an avalanche of joy. It could be a stamp of His love on your heart. Spending time with God will change you. It will help you. It will increase you. It will grow you. It will bless you. You will gain much more than you think. The Lord adores you and wants to spend time with you. It is the least you and I can do. Find time for God every day. Work can pile up and be a mountain of stress but His love and His peace will give us the strength to climb that mountain and conquer it. God is your strength, friend. You need Him all the time. On quiet days and on hectic days!
When I spent 10 minutes with God on my busy day yesterday, I felt like spending more time with Him. He is so encouraging and loving that a few minutes with Him make you want to spend a whole day plugged into His presence. When I was in college I had the luxury of more time and the praise sessions I had were out of this world. Today I am making an effort to not only carve in some time but to also make my schedule around God. He is becoming more and more of a priority. I would rather skip an activity than skip my time with God. I have had to shut off the world and stay away from people to be able to have my one on one sessions with God. What works best for me is first thing in the morning. I wake up at 5 so I can have my Jesus time. Then during the day I feel prompted to isolate and pray. Before bed my last hour has to be about Jesus. Bible reading, praise and prayer are essential for me. Do what works for you and make your schedule work for you. Make your schedule work for God. Don’t make plans with the world before you make plans with the Lord. Let Him be your agenda for the day. Let Him be the best part of your day. His love is contagious. His joy is powerful and His peace is healing. Take the time to be with God every day. Do it at your own pace but do it. It will change your day, it will change you and it will make your life better. Spend time with Jesus!
Suggested reading: Colossians 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; 2 John 1:3