One Woman at a Time
He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.
Mark 6:31 (HCSB)
So many years I spent trying to “check” off the quiet-time box. I had every intention of starting my days early with God; finding my secret place and aligning my heart with His first thing. But then …then life would happen. The perfect schedule I had made would become skewed and twisted by children, and home, and commitments, and …
When the appointment was missed, I would struggle with guilt that I was not devoted to God because really, who can be a devoted follower of Christ without quiet time? I would play judge and jury of my spiritual state as if my schedule was the law and my box checking was the standard to be met.
It became no more than a chore.
I look back now and I see that I was trying to be devoted to the act of devotion. I viewed my quiet time as a separate part of the day instead of a continuation of fellowship spent with God; wrapped in His presence and held by my right hand. And when that appointment was missed, I would feel defeat.
The reality of God’s will is He does not want my quiet time to be extraordinarily different from the rest of my day. I do not need to schedule time with God; I am always in His presence. His greatest desire is a relationship with me and He affords it by never leaving or forsaking me. Jesus has lifted the veil between me and Heaven and has given the opportunity to commune with Him without ceasing.
Yes, shutting the door to the world and spending time alone with the Savior is critical to my heart and rest for my soul. It is the time set apart only for Him; when He has the whole of me. This time, set aside, has become the most anticipated part of my day. I wake and cannot wait to be with my Lord; it is Christmas every morning.
I am no longer devoted to the devotion; I am committed to being a devoted lover of Jesus.
I pray that if you are feeling defeated because of a box unchecked, that you will lay it aside. Bow your head, pray for forgiveness, and ask Jesus for grace to continue your fellowship into time alone with Him. As you focus your attention to the Devoted One, your heart will desire more and it won’t be long before you are unable to have a day without a designated time with God.
Do you view your quiet time as a box needing to be checked?
How can you take steps toward having a regular appointment with God, alone?
Lord, I pray that You will help me to understand all of my time is spent in You. Help me to be aware of Your constant presence and give me wisdom to understand that time spent, alone with You, is the best part of the day. Give me grace and mercy for being distracted by other things, and assist my heart to desire a more intimate relationship with You.
Further Reading – Matthew 6:6, Psalm 46:10
I pray you Live Like You Know …where you are going.
Strength to strength,