“I didn’t get up….. there went my time with God!”
If you weren’t able to get up before your kids and have your “time with the Lord”, don’t despair. I have fallen into the lie of thinking, “well there went my time with God” when I was unsuccessful at waking early or when one of the littles decided to wake early too. Here is what I finally had to see and understand: we are with the Lord ALL THE TIME! I know I know… that’s not a novel thought, but how often do we forget that He is ever present in ALL the parts of our day? While we wash dishes and wipe noses and change diapers, He is here! What a joy to know we can call upon His name, worship Him in the chaos, open the Bible and read the Scriptures out loud.
Now don’t hear me saying that waking up and setting aside time to pray and study God’s Word is not beneficial. It is a wonderful thing to aim for, but not every day and every season of life will allow for this, especially for the mamas of young children. It is such a sweet thing to be alone with the Lord and pray and read unhindered, but let us be clear that the presence of God is not relegated to the quiet and chaos free moments of life. Time with God is not defined by a silent house and uninterrupted cup of coffee.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)
The Spirit of God is present, because of His sacrifice on the cross the veil was torn and He is with us in both quiet and chaos. It says He is seeking worshipers who worship in spirit and truth….. not silence and easy chairs. Our truest worship takes place in daily life that is not separated from children, challenges, and messes.
He is here and near!
He came to this earth, died for us, and rose from the dead to bring us near to Him!
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
Let us not be so distracted by day to day tasks that we forget His wonderful nearness to us!