I'd been working away for quite a while when my husband walked up to me in the kitchen and said something to me that caused me to pause right in my tracks, sponge still in hand, and re-evaluate my priorities. "But wait, what more could he want you to do", you ask. "You were already working so hard", you say.
It wasn't MORE that he wanted. It was actually LESS.
He said to me, "Babe, I'd rather you stop all that you're doing and leave it a mess and just come sit with me for a while. Just spend time with me."
I dropped my head and looked at the floor that needed mopped, reached back into the sink where the dishes that wouldn't fit in the already-full-dishwasher needed washed, and I retraced my footsteps from the week and thought about how I'd served, and ran errands, and worked full time, and cooked, and I realized while all of those things are important and some can't be put off, spending time with the ones we love are also just as important, if not more. Especially the ones that we plan to spend eternity with. And every time we say yes to one thing, we are saying no to something else. And Man, i had really missed out on some good things.
Then I realized that we do the exact same thing with our Lord.
We get so busy serving the Lord that we forget to spend time with Him.
We have Bible studies and church outreach and counseling and ministry, and before we know it, prayer is an after-thought. Worship is on the back burner and we grow tired and weary and don't understand why because "aren't we doing what he's called us to do"?
Question - how do you know what he's called you to do in this season of your life if you're not taking the time to listen to Him?
Maybe he's called you to pass the torch to someone else? Maybe He wants to give the gift of serving that has become a burden to you, to someone else who has the time to do it joyfully, but you're not spending time with Him so you are clueless.
He wants to bless you. He wants to give you immeasurably more than you could ever ask or imagine. But how can you receive when your hands are so full of "your" priorities.
Slow down. Sit down. And listen up.
Serving Him with a joyful heart is a huge priority but there's no way that can be done if we don't make spending time with Him our first priority.
And yes, in case you're wondering, I made time for my wonderful husband last week. I even took a day off of work so we could spend the day together while the kids were in school.
But, I won't always get it right, and neither will you, and that's okay. But it's the seasons where we grasp the fullness of our Lord and all that He has to offer us, that will carry us through the rest.
Luke 10:38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a]Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”