By Debra Whittington
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:2
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:9
Last week, Mark was busy on a job that was much more involved than he anticipated. He had to spend long hours working and didn’t come home until almost dark. One morning he left before sunup to attend a prayer breakfast.
He didn’t even take time to come home for lunch.
I decided to take lunch to him. Two days I cooked a nice lunch, which he eagerly ate. While he seemed to enjoy it, he seemed distracted and ate in a hurry so he could get back to work. He didn’t have much to say, and what he did say was about his work.
In the evening, he came home exhausted and was busy with other things left undone. Both of us went to bed early so we could start all over again the next day. It was stressful on both of us and I missed the talks and prayer time we usually have together.
Before someone accuses me of being selfish, let me clarify a few things.
I am aware that many couples spend much more time apart. Some spend days, weeks, and even months apart from one another. One or both of them may be involved in a job that keeps them so busy. Their time apart may be by choice or it may be a necessity because they need to make a living. However, let’s go back to the story of Mark and me for a moment as I use it as an example of a spiritual truth.
I realize I am spoiled by all of the time I am blessed to spend with Mark. I enjoy his company and even though there are times we don’t talk, we are still communicating with one another through a look or a knowing smile. We are blessed to have a closeness with each another that grows through our prayer time together.
Just as I enjoy being with Mark, I also enjoy my time alone with the Lord.
Our morning walk together is the highlight of my day. Often I talk to God, but I also find there are times that when I am silent and open to what He has to say to me I learn so many answers to numerous questions.
My life wasn’t always that way. I went through a period of time where I was too busy to pray or spend time reading my Bible. I think so many people go through these times because of work, illness, family problems, or a myriad of other situations. Sometimes the problem is that terrible attitude known as apathy. Are there times we just don’t care to spend time with God?
Just like I desire to spend time with Mark and am lonely when we are apart, the Lord desires to spend time with us.
We forget that He is the one who made us for fellowship with Him. He is the one who gave up His only Son so we could be brought into the family of God.
How then can we get caught up in our own little worlds and forget about God? In Haggai 1: 5-6 (NIV) we read, “Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
No matter how much we do or make we never have enough if our focus isn’t where it should be.
God has such a love for us. In John 17:22-24, Jesus prayed, “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”
So what am I going to do? I think the words of David in Psalm 55:16-17 say it so well, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice”.
What will you do?