A few days ago I had about twenty minutes to spare before running off to an appointment. I sensed a gentle nudge to sit quietly before God to pray and to just make myself available to him.
And then I thought, well, twenty minutes is a pretty big chunk of time. I’ll just go on Twitter to see what’s happening, and then I’ll sit to pray.
I read through the latest stream of updates, and then I noticed an interesting article. Without even thinking about it, I clicked it.
After reading the article, I obviously had to leave a comment.
After hitting the submit button for my comment, I checked the time. I had five minutes.
We can always justify doing one more thing, but when I look back at that moment, I essentially squandered a chance to love God with all of my strength and to seek his Kingdom first. It was a good blog post, but I once heard someone say that the good is sometimes the enemy of the best.
Did reading that blog post and leaving a comment actually move me closer toward the most important objectives in my life? Probably not. While we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over our to-do lists, there is something to be said for hearing God’s voice and responding with quiet time before him.
Sometimes we need to just stop.
We can always add another chore to the list during the holiday season. However, are we leaving space for God and letting him rise to the top of our priority lists?
Lately, God has been claiming my time in the car. It has been really great. I’ve had some refreshing moments of prayer and meditation while driving that I would have missed if I’d had the radio on. Nevertheless, when God wanted to move in my time at home, I found reasons to distract myself.
It’s a process. It’s a relationship. There will come times when we lose sight of what’s most important. Thankfully God is passionate for his people, and he is patient with us. I’m blown away that he sticks with us.
As our schedules fill up during the holidays, may we find the time to stick with him and to enjoy the love he has for us.
For more posts about finding Jesus during the Christmas season, drop by Bonnie Gray’s Faith Barista Blog.