Sometimes twenty-four hours doesn’t seem like enough of a day. We are always getting distracted, always wasting time on Faceb–wait, this problem has been in existence for a lot longer than Facebook. For pete’s sake, busyness always existed, just not maybe to the extent that it does in the 21st century.
But, hey, God did make days and nights, and He did give the second as a chance for us to rest and refresh after long days. Yet many times the night comes, and the day ends, and, oops, it’s practically tomorrow, and I still haven’t read my Bible yet.
Here’s my problem – I think somehow I can ‘add’ time with Jesus into my busy schedule. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. Start with Jesus. Start every day with Jesus.
As long as my life revolves around Jesus, then it isn’t wasted at all. Any moment spent with Jesus isn’t wasted. Somedays reading a book or watching a movie or surfing the web is a waste of my time, but time with Jesus? Never.
We were created, first and foremost, to praise God. Sure, we also have responsibility to be witnesses to the ends of earth, but we can’t fully do that until we first spend time with Jesus. I heard someone say once that if God asked them to work 3 hours ministering to other people or serving Him in some way, they’d jump at the offer, but if God asked them to just spend 3 hours with Him…insert cricket chirping…Uh, sure, God?
How many of us would do just that? I know my mind would start bouncing off walls after 3 hours. Even after 15 minutes in prayer, I lose my train of thought to what I’m going to have for dinner, or how I’m going to fit in my friendships in the midst of everything else, or – Sorry, Lord, what was I praying about?
I just finished reading a book called The Practice of the Presence of God. It was written in the 1600s by Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a Lay brother serving in the kitchen of a Catholic Monastery in France. He believed that “We should establish ourselves in a sense of God’s presence by continually conversing with Him. That it was a shameful thing to quit His conversation to think of trifles and fooleries.” He also wrote that “In order to form a habit of conversing with God continually, and referring all we do to Him, we must first apply to Him with some diligence; but that after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty.”
We were talking about just 3 hours? Can you imagine a life of someone forever in conversation with God? We could experience so much joy and fulfillment if we weren’t so burdened down by ‘trifles and fooleries’. Sure, God wants us to survive, to get the education we need to pursue the individual dreams He places into each of our hearts, or to find a job that will enable us to do boring things like pay bills or buy food, but none of those are the reason we’re here on earth. We were created not only to praise God. We were created for His glory.
“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made…” Isaiah 43:7, ESV
We were created for Him, and if the God of the universe wants to spend time with us, then there’s probably a really good reason why. There is no way we can become everything we are created to be if we don’t first learn what that means by fellowship with our Creator. I want to challenge us to make Jesus the foundation of our days so that we may be filled to overflowing with Him.
One day, I want to be in conversation with my God every waking moment, including Him in even the minute details of my life because He is never really that far from us.
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1958.
Meaghan didn’t always dream of being a writer. First it was a painter, then landscape designer, even a flight attendant, but she decided she loved dirt too much, and now spends every spare minute wrestling a garden at her high-elevation desert home. Her dwarf nickname would be ‘Grumpy’ because she doesn’t have enough hours in the day to fit the many loves her Creator has placed in her heart – piano, cello, guitar, photography, knitting, German, cooking, baking, painting, and sketching. Her goal in life is to use her dance with words and other loves to bring glory to God.