Friday, October 13, 2017
He's Waiting for You
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
This week has been a hectic one for me. I babysit the grands three different days, meet with the young man whom I'm mentoring for his senior project at school, cart my son to work numerous times, and entertain separate visits from Danny's boys, Giovanni and Nicco. And while none of these activities is unpleasant by any measure, my quiet time has really taken a hit.
You see, it's not enough for me to just have quiet time in the mornings, sipping my coffee and talking to God before anyone else is awake. While the practice always gets my day off on the right foot, I need multiple intervals of silence throughout the day to keep me focused on and in tune with what the Lord might speak to my heart.
And if I don't get enough of that time? Watch out! My usually easy-going, calm self gives way to feelings of agitation, irritability and frustration. In other words, I'm no fun to be around.
My alone time truly is for everyone's safety.
Jesus modeled this behavior perfectly for us. Luke says in the verse above that our Lord often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Not occasionally, not intermittently, but OFTEN. And we know how busy Jesus was, day in and day out, healing the sick, preaching the good news of God's kingdom, teaching His disciples and enjoying their company.
Still . . .
Jesus needed His quiet time. Time to spend in solitude with His Father. Time to commune, one-on-one, gathering strength and resolve, gleaning wisdom and guidance.
We all need that kind of quiet time.
So I ask you, in the sometimes frenetic pace of your own days, are you seeking out time to slow down and simply be with the Lord? Allowing Him to nourish and replenish you? Feeling His love and grace and mercy surround you like a healing balm?
My prayer for you today, my friends, is that you will intentionally withdraw from the world's chaos and demands, and joyfully bask in the presence of God.
He's waiting for you.
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