Through many years of ministry, pastoral and other, I’ve heard many (both genders) bemoan the fact that they hadn’t had time to get into God’s Word on a particular day, because they were “just too busy.” They occasionally would express surprise in themselves when they realized that they hadn’t even take time to pray. Most expressed displeasure with the course their days had taken. For some, the occasional day of distraction was becoming the norm.
Let’s face it. There are days when life’s attractions and responsibilities seem to be calling to us loudly, before we’ve taken time to come quietly into His presence. I’ve found that the best solution for that is to spend some uncompromised time with Him before our feet even hit the floor in the morning. But when that doesn’t happen, and we find we are “off and running” sans quiet time, here’s some food for thought. It has helped me to “keep my eyes fixed on Jesus” during those times when distractions seem to be winning the competition for my attention.
* As you’re sipping that cup of coffee “on the run,”, remember that Jesus says, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) Thank God for the gift of His Holy Spirit dwelling in you, and ask Him to fill you for what lies ahead throughout the day.
* As you are putting in that first load of laundry, let these words wash over you. “It is His blood that cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) Thank Jesus for shedding His precious blood that has cleansed you from your sins.
* As you wind your way through the streets and highways on your busy day, be reminded that Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except he come through me.” (John 14:7) Thank Him for not just paving the way, but “being” the way to the Father.
* As you labor throughout the day, whether in the workplace or at home, consider that, “the son of man came to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:28) Work hard and joyfully at whatever you do, as if you were serving Him, and thank Him for securing your salvation through His sacrifice on Calvary.
* While preparing your meals, keep in mind that, “man does not live by bread alone.” (Matt. 4:17) Thank Him for His Word, His love letter to you, and commit to reading it consistently, every day.
* If you’re a mom or a dad, when you’re tired and the kids need your attention at the end of your day, recall what Jesus said . . . “Let the children come to me.” (Luke 18:16) Thank Him for your children, knowing they are a gift from Him, and receive them with patience, love, and gratitude!
* And finally, when you lay down to sleep, rest assured that, “He neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalm 121:3) He’s brought you through another day. Thank Him!
Let’s not let our daily activities distract us from the Lord, but rather let them be vehicles to bring us into His presence. Brother Lawrence called this “practicing the presence of God.” And . . . let’s put some special time with Him at the very top of our daily list of priorities, so that we will be less distracted in the first place. He’s waiting . . .
That’s the view from here . . .