“Come to me… and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Life sure can get busy. Busy driving. Busy cleaning. Busy schooling. Busy working. Busy, busy, busy. Clearly whoever came up with the old English proverb, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” never thought about how busy life in our current culture could become. Appointments and meetings for this and that fill my calendar well into a month in advance. For myself, life over the last year has been a whirlwind, and I’m sorry to say that I didn’t spend time regularly with God. Sure, He was with me as I came and went. He never left me. However, I didn’t routinely carve out time in my mornings to spend reading in His word or a devotional. Life had become “too busy,” and my prayer life had become helter skelter.
One evening as I thought about the goings on of the next day, I felt like I needed to make an appointment. But for what? I didn’t have anything too pressing the next day. I looked on my calendar and cross-checked it with my phone app. Nope. No meetings were on either one. Right then the overwhelming presence of God said to me, “I miss you. You need me. Meet me at 9:00am.” Wow! God even needed an appointment! That’s just too busy. He was right though. I missed Him too, and I really needed Him. I had been trying to plan our next year of homeschooling, and I was becoming overwhelmed with knowing the right path to take and the right curriculum to choose.
At 9:00am the next morning, I opened my Bible, opened my devotional, opened my journal…, but I didn’t read or write a thing. I just simply sat in the gentle presence of God. He knew what I needed. I needed Him. Everything would work itself out, but at that moment, I needed to focus on His presence. That morning, God met me, and it was wonderful. He filled me up with His peace and sent me on about my day with an uncanny knowledge of His presence.
Now, I have a daily appointment with God. They are scheduled in my calendar app! I am now able to perform all of my duties with more joy and dedication than I had ever hoped before. I believe some of you are also struggling to have your time alone with God. I fully believe He wants you to jot Him into your calendar daily and meet with Him until it becomes a habit. I believe He wants to give you the same joy and dedication as well. I pray He blesses you and that He fills you with His peace as you meet Him.