Corrie ten Boom once said that “if the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy.” So true. These are two things that will separate you from God, from other people, and from yourself! No matter what age or stage of life, we can fill our lives with busyness. To make time for God requires love, purposeful attention, and an open heart.
Find your moments
Find your moments. It may be in the car, early morning, or after everyone is in bed. Think about it and you decide where you can give God the attention he deserves. Or you may be like me and find yourself talking to God all day long. Little moments here and there. Remember he is your friend, he is always with you all you need to do is talk.
The different seasons of your life will bring different distractions, so your time with God will change. When my kids were little I found the evenings to be the best time for me, now that I am an empty nester, I love my mornings with God!
Sometimes I find that my rosary for the day is prayed all day long. A decade here and a decade there. These little moments with God help keep me on track and connected even amongst a busy day! But when I do have my God time, I give him my full attention. There is nothing worse than to be talking to someone who is distracted and not really paying attention, so why would we do that to God.
Make the time
Even Jesus had to take the time for prayer. Jesus traveled up the mountain and to solitary places because he craved time with his Father. That should be the desire of our hearts too.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
In the late afternoon after feeding the 5,000, Jesus dismissed his disciples and “went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray and spent the night praying to God.” Luke 6:12
What we can learn from Jesus is even he needed time to rest with God. He showed us how important it is for us to find this time no matter how busy our day. We need these moments for the three “R’s” Rest, Renewal, and Recharge!
Enjoy your time
Sit and be still. He will speak to you. Find your time and your moments. Enjoy them with Our Lord. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. There is no time spent with God that is wasted. Open your heart and allow God to fill you with his love!