2016-05-28 - A Christian's Journey
Apart from God, we can do nothing. (John 15:5)
For many years now, I have been taking steps on the Christian journey, sometimes with great difficulty, other moments with considerable ease - but no matter the level or degree of effort - I continue my search to know more about God, to recognize His ways, and to accept my responsibilities as His daughter.
One of those responsibilities has been the importance of daily and deliberately spending time listening and praying to the Lord, and reading the Bible. My desire is to honestly say that God is the treasure of my heart,- not writing, sleeping, or the zillions of errands and tasks that seem to try to distract me from doing what I was created for: to know the Father who delights in me.
When I take a few moments to connect with God, I sit silently. I hear the hum of the refrigerator and water occasionally trip from the faucet. My mind serves as an automatic daily planner, reminding me lunches need to be made, and a briefcase needs to be packed. These mental distractions alter my focus, and being with God becomes an obligation instead of time spent with the One who knows me best.
The sandwiches can wait, I tell my meddling brain. I know what happens when I don’t spend time with Him, sharing concerns or questions, or waiting for Him to speak. Life is harder, when I leave God out. Why would I want more difficulties?
God, Be the treasure of my heart.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.