It feels so good to be on the keys of my lap top. Since beginning my job in March I have had little time to write. Between the commute and, well, life in general time has gotten away from me. I’m sure many of you can relate.
The time I had before my new job to write and share was therapeutic and fulfilling. Therapeutic because I could share with all of you what was going on in my life, and hope I was not the only one. And fulfilling because I would always hope and pray that my situations, and what God showed me, would be encouraging to you. That not only I would seek Him, read His word, and look for Him in your life, but you would as well. Friends, God is for us.
“But the Lord said to her, “Martha, dear friend, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her!” Lk. 10:41-42 TLB
That being said, these last few months have just flown by. Each week I found myself saying “I need to write. I need to post a blog.” I would go so far as to tell myself, “just write 500 words.” Those close to me, and know me well are probably chuckling at that last statement. I tend to get out more than 500 words, even when talking. That’s the gift of gab from God! If you have that same gift, you will agree with me, it can also get us into trouble. Yet, each day came and went, and no blog. No article. My friends would say, “you will lose all of your followers.” And, I feared that. Not because I want to have followers because with followers comes pressure, and your life tends to move under the microscope. I feared anyone that followed my blog would not be encouraged to seek God. To know Him, and know His Son Christ Jesus.
Over the last four months, I have purposely done initiatives to keep me on the blog, and focused in His Word. The 2016 Challenge, and now A Summer to Remember. I am working on a new initiative for the fall. But, I kept coming back to what about NOW. Everyday God was there, every day came, and went. And it left me feeling that something was missing in my life. Have you ever had that feeling? The feeling of something is missing, the feeling of a void. Most try to fill it with things, going to bars, or looking outside of your current relationship by getting into another one. We think those things will fill what we are missing. Have you been there? How did it work out? If you have, you can answer privately. That’s between you and God. I knew my void was my time with God. My reading, studying, writing, teaching, and encouraging others.
“Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right.” Ecc. 8:5b NLT
Then yesterday as I was running errands, looking at my watch, and going over my list of things to do in my head, I purposely went into a Lifeway Store. I was determined to get myself a bible study written by someone else. Friends, it is good practice to study for yourself, and to study what someone else has written.
I had reached the point of frustration with having no time. At the end of the day I just wanted to scream! I didn’t, but if I did I’m pretty sure you’d have heard me. No time in the mornings because of my commute. The hour I spent in the bible didn’t seem to be enough. When I got home by the time I prepared for the next day and sat down, I was asleep within 30 minutes. Time gone. Only to begin all over again the next day. The weekends were spent running errands, and catching up on everything I couldn’t do during the week. I can see many of you shaking your head as you think of your own lives. Well. I. Had. Had it!
“And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day.” Josh. 10:13 ESV
I would ask God to create more time for me, or like in the Book of Joshua allow the sun to stand still so I’d have more time. However, I get the same 24 hours in a day you all do.
Yesterday however I felt that God answered my prayers. As I walked into Lifeway to see what studies were out, the first one I saw was by Priscilla Shirer, Breathe, making room for Sabbath. A calm came over me. A refreshing, relaxing, realization that this was it! God knew I wanted more time. Time to spend with Him, and to breathe. However, because most of the time I learn the hard way I walked right by it. I headed to the back of the store to see what else there was. As I looked at the other studies available I found my breath leaving me. I felt rushed, and hurried. I knew. You see, when God speaks to us it is not always in one particular way. He can direct us by generating pressure within. With that my feet carried me right back up front to pick up the study and purchased it.
Our lists can get so long, busyness can overtake us, and ultimately God is the one that gets pushed out. Why you ask? In my opinion because we cannot see, touch, or feel Him. He speaks to our spirit. The things in our life, other people, work, food, social media, etc.. all immediately engage one or more of our senses. God does this too, but we have to look for it on purpose, and it may take time. Just my thought.
As I cracked the pages of my newly purchased study, this sentence jumped out at me –
“life is better when it has room to breathe.” Priscilla Shirer
Yes. That is what I want. Room to breathe. Do you? Do you find it difficult to find time in your life to breathe? Join me as I do this study, and together may we find time in our lives to Breathe, making room for Sabbath.
© Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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