Abide in God
Close your eyes for a minute and imagine yourself in a in a room full of people and someone is calling your name. The room is very noisy and you’re trying to get through the crowd after spending two hours shopping for Christmas gifts in the mall. After settling down in the car, you gather your thoughts before heading out in the busy traffic. You remembered that you entered a drawing for a chance to win a vacation with your spouse to any place you would like to go. They were going to announce it at 3:00, but you had to be there, unfortunately its now 3:15. So you called to see if maybe you won. They informed that you did and that they had announced it over the intercom at 3:00, but regrettably you never showed, so they gave the trip to someone else. The fact is you were there, but the noise and the busyness of Christmas shopping were obstructing your ability to hear the announcement.
Sometimes don’t you feel that way? So busy being pulled away by all noises clamoring for your attention, that you miss out on the important things. Whether its spending time with your husband, children, or those people that mean the world to you.
So busy being pulled away by all noises clamoring for your attention, that you miss out on the important things.
As of recently, the Holy Spirit has convicted me of being too busy. How can I be too busy, I’m retired? While driving in my car and listening to the song “Abide.” I broke down and started crying. The song talks about knowing Jesus and just being next to him, learning to be in His presence. Abiding in Him and allowing myself the opportunity to hear His voice. I believe this exactly what God wants from all of us. To slow down, listen to His voice, and spend time in His presence. We’re missing out on His agenda for our life, when we continue go through life running like a chicken without its head. The song reminded me to keep my eyes focused on Him. His promises are true and when we abide in Him, everything will fall into place. He is our Source.
This Christmas season don’t allow yourself to get so busy you forget about the Heavenly Father. Even good things such as our personal responsibilities can steal our time from God. Things such as managing our households, work, needs of children, involvement with ministry can rob us of His presence. Remember it’s His presence that leads us.
Don’t consume yourself with lesser things such as social media. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves giving more time to Facebook, than the genuine source of life.
Even good things such as our personal responsibilities can steal our time from God.
When I think of the story of Mary and Martha, I see myself. Unfortunately for me it's Martha. Here is what Luke 10:38-42 says “As they continued their journey, Jesus came to a village and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister by the name of Mary who settled down at the Lords feet and was listening to what he had said. But Martha was very worried about her elaborate preparations and she burst into saying “Lord don’t you mind that my sister has left me to do everything by myself? Tell her to get up and help me!” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, my dear, you are worried and bothered about providing so many things. Only a few things are really needed, perhaps only one. Mary has chosen the best part an you must not tear it away from her!”
Did you hear Christ? Only a few things are needed. The number one desire God wants from us is to enjoy His presence and to sit at his feet, not much more is needed. We are strengthened by His presence.
Did you hear what else Christ said? Martha did what was good, Mary did what was best. Are you missing out on the “BEST” things because you are too busy doing good things? When was the last time you slowed down so you can hear his voice? Stop and listen, He may be telling you something that you may miss out on. “We can spend all our time acting like Martha, so overwhelmed with practical duties that we end up spiritually empty. “
Are you missing out on the “BEST” things because you are too busy doing good things?
Make that choice with me to stop and sit at our Saviors feet and allow ourselves to be renewed. Give Him the opportunity to fill our cup again. We are all on this journey together to grow and have a relationship with Him, we draw close, we pull apart, we get distracted, but Jesus is patient and loving and He continues to work with us guiding us to have a deeper relationship with Him. Don’t miss out!