February 18, 2011
Why do we wait until a time of desperation to press into the Word of God? Shouldn't we press into the Word of God to protect and prepare ourselves for a time of desperation?
I asked myself this question as I was driving home this evening. I don't know about you, but I often talk out loud to God when I am alone in the car. probably because I don't really feel alone. Driving is one of those things that I do on “automatic mode” so the Lord has plenty of opportunity to grab my attention. I'm usually listening to worship music and letting my thoughts float away with his. Not so easy when you have a three year old in the back seat that keeps asking “Mom, can I have a snack? Turn the music up please! Waaaaaaaah! I dropped my (insert toy obsession-of-the-moment here.)”
So back to my question.
Why do we do this? How distracted do we allow our lives to become that we don't even have five minutes to a drink of His living water? Too many days fly by where I tumble into my warm bed at night and I begin to recall all the events of the day... and all the opportunities with the Lord that I missed.
I have come to believe that there are two kinds of people out there. Those who can power nap, and those who can't. I am of the latter. I can fall into a R.E.M sleep so quickly and when I nap, I need a good 1-3 hours. A good power napper can snooze for 15-30 minutes and feel totally refreshed. It can put a new bounce in their step. I'm starting to think that spending time with the Lord is like a power nap. For some, they can lay their head upon the pillow and focus on the task at hand. They invest that 15-30 minutes and absorb every Word from God like every moment of sleep. Their brain has this incredible ability to absorb and retain all of that healthy goodness. I, on the other hand, spend the first 15 minutes trying to let go of my internal “to do” list. I can become so distracted that I need to pray and ask the Lord to release my mind from the burdens of every day life so that I can drink in all that He wants to tell me. All that he wants me to learn.
His word tells us in Matthew 11:28:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (NIV)
Some days Lord, I am so weary. I feel so burdened. Help to keep my mind open and focused on your Word so that I may produce fruit that is pleasing to you. Help me to press into your Word so that I may be prepared with my full armour in times of desperation... and help me to tune into Your spirit... especially when I'm frustrated with a whiny three year old in the back seat.
So, which kind of napper are you?
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I just love this blog page. Every comment speaks to me~ as a Christain woman with children (one of which is just 6 months old). And see , even now, I have to go because they are all calling me from the kitchen table where it's craft time. Thank you LORD that I can TIME MYSELF OUT with Elizabeth's HOUSE and feel love and support purpose and reality - and most importantly RECONNECT to HIM who gives me strength :)