Who or what are you spending your time with? What sort of relationships and habits are you forming?
A child, when given a certain time slot during the day to spend watching the television will grow a relationship with the shows he knows will be on at that time. Depending on the time of day, they know what show is on. When they watch the same show over a period of time they may start to grow relationships with the characters and specific episodes as they start to replay the episodes on loop. If they form this habit long enough, they will be affected greatly when forced to forego their screen time.
As adults, we do much of the same thing. I know that when I wake up, the weather and my bible verse for the day will be waiting for me to see on my phone’s screen at the touch of a button. I know that when I check my social media the top news stories for my area and interests will be beckoning for me to check.
What kind of relationship is that to have? God wants so greatly for us to form a relationship with him. To make the time to get away from the distractions, from the every day noise and busy to place yourself eye to eye before him and talk. Yeah, I read my bible verse and for a while I thought I was doing my bit. I mean, I’m reading His words, I’m trying to learn from it and to fit it into my life at the moment. That’s still not much a relationship, certainly not a growing and deep one.
Lately I have started to make the time. I have started to sit down quietly with God and to speak from the heart, as if he were sitting on the floor with me, hands folded in our laps and listening intently to what each had to say. As time has gone on I have found my prayers changing. Not that the struggles have changed. Not that the subjects are different. But the heart behind it has changed. It has become a more selfless act than a selfish one. No hidden agenda, no tip toeing around the niceties before I get to my wish list. It is forcing me to look deep within my soul, dig out the glorious salvation that He has placed there, and to use understanding and wisdom in my prayers.
There is no way for us to know the depths of our souls. The deepest feelings and convictions that are there that we will be judged by one day. If he goes by our conscious thinking then I’m in deep doo-doo! But, the more time we spend with our Savior and Lord we begin to taste the fruits that have been planted there. We dive into peace and wisdom. Not wisdom as in knowing exactly what to say or what will come about, but wisdom in His goodness and in his promises and in what it is he desires from us and how to do just that. Wisdom and peace in the next first step I take as I pull myself off the floor.
I spend a good deal of my time with the Lord and in prayer, crying. Not that I went into it with intense emotions or even something greatly disturbing each time. I was beginning to wonder why I cried so much. I mean, it makes me tired, puffy and stuffy. It gets a bit old sometimes. Then it kind of hit me…what if my tears are coming for those deep caverns of my soul? Those places where I don’t even see or understand. The deepest part of my soul that so longs for peace for others and wants so greatly to shout for Joy at the goodness of God, but I just don’t know how to when I feel and think with my conscious level.
Spend time with God. The feeling you get after doing it for a while truly becomes something that I can’t even fully explain right now myself. All I know is that it is what He desires. He desires a relationship with the ones He loves! He wants you to come to him with an open heart and with joy and thanksgiving at his very presence. You won’t regret it!
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