My quiet times since becoming a mom have been rushed, if they even happen at all. When nap time comes, I feel this sudden flurry of thoughts and ideas of what to do, what I feel that I need to do.
It's like a volcano, increasingly building pressure until it bursts into an explosion of activity in attempts to fit everything in before the ticking time bomb of my son goes off and I am once again called back to "Baby Land".
This morning though, I decided to ignore the pile of dishes and unfolded laundry and take a nap. That lasted all of 5 minutes as my mind just would not shut off. As I started to tackle the messes around me I realized what I really needed, wasn't a nap or to get things done, but rather to get in the Word. And
I opened up my Jesus Calling to today's devotion and was grateful that I chose not to ignore God's tugging at me to sit down with Him this morning.
Two things jumped out at me:
"When your heart and mind are quiet, you can hear me inviting you to draw near."I would say that my heart and mind are rarely quiet, if ever. And I would bet that many of you feel the same way. We are bombarded with one distraction after another--from the thoughts within ourselves, from the requests of others, from the demands of work, from the endless stream of media--our minds are constantly on overdrive.
So many things are competing for our attention and they often drown out the still, small whisper of the Lord who desperately longs to give us peace amidst the busyness of life.
"Coming close to me requires no great effort on your part; it is more like ceasing to resist the magnetic pull of my love."
Sometimes I feel like sitting down to read my Bible is like going to work out. There's such resistance to start it, but once I get going I am so glad I did, and by the end I feel so much better.
Why is it so hard to crack the Bible open sometimes? It doesn't require much effort from us so why are we naturally bent to resist "the magnetic pull of His love"? Why was my first thought when Eli went down to take a nap rather than spend time with my Heavenly Father?
So often we find ourselves running on empty. We are over-worked, under-rested and yet we refuse to tap into the one thing that has promised to strengthen and renew us if we only just come to Him.
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts though faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."May you too allow yourself to cease resisting the magnetic pull of His love and to let your heart and mind be quiet so that you may hear His voice, experience His love, and be strengthened and filled to the measure with Him each and every day.
Blessings to you all on this beautiful Sunday morning!