Do you ever spend a time around someone and yet feel like you haven't spent any quality time with them at all? Have you ever sat in a room with someone you're close to, and spent that time working on a project, or messaging someone, or just taking 5 minutes to clear your head or organise something, so you're not actually communicating with the person you're sat with, and worse, it's not even like they're there? With modern technology, I'm sure many of you have. But I worry sometimes that it's too easy today to get caught up in the moment, and believe that we have to respond immediately to every message we get on our smart phones, or have to finish this project right now! In short, I worry we give the moment prominence and we end up feeling like we haven't had that catch up or even enjoyed the other person's presence. In such a world, full of business and 'must-do's it's not just our friends and family that are at risk of being pushed down the importance list. When life is so busy, God can easily get missed. If we struggle to keep our time with our friends and family with no interruptions from life, how on earth will we manage to talk and listen to someone who we can't even see? It's so easy to get through the whole day, or even sometimes week, and realise we've been aware of God, but not communicating with Him. I don't need to tell you the effect that has on our relationship with God; we know how tired, and how overwhelmed life leaves us when we're communicating with God, let alone when we're not. I just wanted to share an image God gave me as I was reading Micah 3-4 today. The people of Israel were very aware of their God, knew how great and awesome He was and how blessed they were; they just weren't aware, or didn't care about their sin and selfishness. Like spoilt children, they hadn't learned to say thank you to God and give Him praise. They continued on in a bubble of blissful, sin filled ignorance, climbing high into the sky. That bubble was soon going to be popped, and they were going to come crashing to the ground, humbled painfully by the side of their God they'd forgotten about; His justice. And yet chapter 4 is gentle, hope filled, and beautiful; it tells of people turning back to God, being restored. It's not an easy road, as the Israelites have to climb the mountain of the Lord (how many of us want to actually climb Everest?), but once there, they are in the presence of God, taught by Him, spoken to by Him. As I read this, I was given an image of God with His face turned towards us, leaning in to our daily lives. In whatever activity we do, He's not there because He has to be, He's actively engaged with us and our activities, wanting to be a part of them. Even on those days when we just haven't had 5 seconds to say 'God I'm sorry I haven't spoken to you and I'm so busy I won't be able to today' He's not brushing us off because of our lack of contact, He's leaning in, seeing what He can do, trying to find ways to be near us. Isn't that amazing? Isn't He beautiful? Today, no matter what you're doing, or how busy you have been, spend some time with Him. Make Him your priority again. He wants to spend time with you, he's not tapping His foot expectantly, He's just patiently waiting for His children with His arms open wide and a smile on His face. Let Him be the centre of life today, not a thought in the background.
He wants to spend time with you, he's not tapping His foot expectantly, He's just patiently waiting for His children with His arms open wide and a smile on His face. Let Him be the centre of life today, not a thought in the background.
Excellent mind picture and admonition! Unfortunately you are right - too often we think we are too busy to spend time alone with God.