Time for quiet space with God often needs to be purposefully planned. It needs to be protected like a valuable treasure, otherwise, a flood of activity will intrude and swallow up the space. For me, life often presses in where I wanted to just spend time communicating with God.
Yes, God is always available to hear us. But there is something substantial and exquisite about enjoying His presence and talking with Him. To just want to savor Him. This isn’t about checking off the task or discipline of “having devotions.” It’s spending time with my best friend, the lover of my soul, the One who knows me better than I know myself.
He wants to laugh and cry with me. He always wants the best for me and He delights in doing “above and beyond all I could ask or imagine”. Ephesians 3:20
If Jesus valued and needed time to get away, to be alone, to pray, and to hear His Father’s voice (I imaged they laughed together!) how desperately we need this quiet space in our lives.
When my kids were growing up I learned I needed set aside quiet space with God in two different ways.
First, I needed time away from the house to be alone with Him. Sometimes just a few hours at a library (coffee shops weren’t popular in the 80’s), or a quick morning walk to pour my heart out to God.
Second, I valued time alone at our home to pray, think, and plan without interruptions.
Every summer my husband took our 5 kids to visit his mom for a few days because she graciously understood my need to be home alone. I treasured those valuable days. I always planned to eat lunch with a friend, but then stayed home the rest of the time. I spent time organizing, refocusing and enjoying my time just with God.
Both time away from home and time alone at home, were valuable. The planned quiet space helped me during those child-rearing years.
Now, living alone, I have time alone. But it is surprising how busy I stay. Quiet space with God still needs to be valuably set aside. There are always chores to be done, and unless I focus on what is most important, activities pull me away.
Do I really believe my most impacting relationship is with my personal, loving, all-knowing God? Do I truly grasp the truth that my communication with Him will affect my life, and all those around me for eternity?
God, root in my soul the truth that “apart from You, I can do nothing.” John 15:5