I awoke this morning to my usual world, one where I don’t know where I’ll be living in a year, with ceilings that look like I’m in a doctor’s office, and adjustments all around to life in my fifties. That’s when I again realized the necessity of quiet time in this crazy, noisy, chaotic world.
Now, if I were writing this post from the mountains of Tennessee or on the beach in California or any of my “perfect” places, I might not feel the chaos of the times. But for most of us, calm days are few and far between, and we enter our days running.
I’m in my quiet corner of the world right now, yet, there is noise. There are a hundred things shouting my name, calling me to come hither, that they might steal my joy, my peace.
Get Ready For Battle
And so we must fight. We must wage war on this culture which seeks to steal our peace. We must plan an attack early in our day, lest we get caught in the onslaught of the wave of “hurry” and the avalanche of to-dos.
But how do we do this? What does it look like for a busy woman? Where will we find space away from the crowd or the tumult?
This is where need and self-control come in. Once you discover the much-needed commodity, quiet for the soul, there will be little that can stop you from creating space in your day to get it. Once you realize your need was there all along, you’ll know the minute it rears its little head begging for more. You will have to make it happen, not much different from when you feel hunger or thirst. You will realize your cells are running dry when you feel distant from God, or when you snap too quickly, or when discouragement is draining your energy. But you must find the time.
Is God An “Add-On” Item To Your Day?
My husband and I went to a “Christian” marriage counselor/psychologist years ago. I questioned the depth of his faith because in his counseling— God was an “add-on” (like in Amazon’s cart when you want free shipping but the product is low cost, so it must be “added on” to a larger item). He treated God as if He was an “add-on” to his therapy, someOne to give a little power to the message. Let’s not do that with God! Let’s give Him the pre-eminence He deserves.
We can only do this by giving Him our personal time. Offer Him a tithe of the first fruits of your day. Let Him fill you with His wisdom, strength, counsel, and love before you begin in this crazy life we each must live. You may have children who need you from sun-up to sun-down, husbands who need to talk. You have work to do, meals to make, and clothes to wash. You have birthday cards to write, houses to clean, and lessons to teach. And that is why quiet time with your Lord is so very critical.
You need Him and He desires for you to place Him where he belongs in your life. Center front, first love, ever present, constant in your minute-by-minute life.
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God….Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:6-8, 10
Make Space For God
You will have to figure out how to keep God center-front, but do figure it out!
- Steal fifteen minutes while you’re nursing a baby.
- Grab five minutes after your shower.
- Hold onto those precious moments when your husband has the kids busy.
- Even one verse to meditate on while you shower is time with your Father.
- Simply pray for wisdom and listen to His voice while you wash the dishes or brush your teeth.
Create space in your day (preferably your morning) to make a quiet, purposeful, listening time with your God. No doubt it will make your day run smoother, brighten your outlook, give calm to the hurry, and deliver you from fear of the unknown. But do take time. Time to listen. Time to think. Time that gives God space to speak to you, time for you to listen.
God wants us dependent on His grace, love, wisdom, strength, and so much more!
Find His Truth for any lie. Feel the comfort in His arms.
I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving.
And it will please the LORD better than an ox or a young bull with horns and hoofs.
The humble have seen it and are glad; you who seek God, let your heart revive.
For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise His who are prisoners.
Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.