Psalm 5:3, In the morning, oh Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (NIV)
Most days, I wake up around the same time. Most days, I have a to-do list a mile long. Most days, I battle the urge to jump out of bed and tackle this list, ASAP… but I know better.
A sweet voice whispers in my ear, nudging me out of bed, down the stairs and onto my living room recliner, for a meeting with my Creator. The inclination to rush through my prayer requests so that I can move on with my day intensifies… but I know better.
On good days, I take deep breaths, pace the living room floor, and beg, “Lord, please calm down this crazy mind of mine! I need You. I know better than to start my day without Your touch. Please teach me to wait on You.”
On the not-so-good ones, I just pace the living room floor and begin the sprint down my prayer list. Mercifully, it doesn’t take long for the Holy Spirit to capture my heart and mind and to take me to a place where, enthralled by His love, I forget all about life’s rushes.
This act of obedience and submission is what I call “a tithe of my time.” When you tithe, you give back a small percentage of the total amount God blesses you with. When you tithe your income, you trust Him to bless the remainder percentage so that is enough to fulfill your financial obligations.
In the same manner, when I have enough sense to start my day dedicating a small portion of it to spend it solely with God – what I call my devotional – I am trusting Him to bless the remainder hours of the day so that I can get done whatever needs to.
The beauty of this spiritual mini-battle I face every morning is two-fold. On one hand, the more I experience God’s presence the easier it gets to overcome my selfish, hardheaded ways and my tendencies to skip my devotional. On the other, the more I see the difference this investment of my time makes on the rest of my day –and on my attitude – the more I am compelled to “re-invest” the following morning.
Praying is not hard for someone like me, who’s enjoyed a relationship with God since her youth. I pray all the time! The deal with someone like me, a doer plagued by impatience and impulsiveness, is that it is very hard not to treat her morning devotionals like another item in her to-do list.
It is hard for girls like me to wait upon the Lord. But girls like me, who understand the difference those early encounters make in their lives, know better.
Is it hard for you to slow down and wait? If so, tell us about it! We at Vineyard Women love to hear your insights.