I’ve been overloaded, too busy and too distracted to spend time with The Potter.
It reflected in everything I did: my eating habits, how I related to the kiddos, how I related to my husband…and in my laundry pile.
After a couple of month’s of frustration with my busy, busy life, I decided to get back to basics: my journal, my pen, and my Bible. I started with baby steps, waking up a couple of minutes earlier than usual. In my journal, I basically unloaded on God all the things that had been on my mind: errands that needed to be done, unfinished business I needed to take care of, my feelings of overwhelm. My quiet time didn’t feel too quiet…at least not in my mind.
Then I read some verses to hear what He had to say back to me. The first few times of this, my readings felt off. I couldn’t focus on the words in the Bible, and I left my quiet time sessions feeling as if I’d just wasted my time. Yet I persisted. Over time, a verse would leap off the page and seem to speak right to my situation. I wrote that verse down along with my thoughts, and I left those God sessions feeling refreshed and empowered. I noticed another added benefit. I zoomed through my day, attacking my ‘to-do’ list with a vengeance, and getting clear ideas on how to meet the goals I’ve set for myself. It was awesome.
So returned the next day for another God session. And the next. And the next.
Funny how all my inner angst could be solved with some sessions with the Potter. He’s the Author and the Finisher of my faith, and so it was wise tune in to His station and see what He wanted to say. Yet I often get caught up trying to do things MY way or the way all the experts recommend. In the end, working apart from His plan left me tired, bedraggled and crabby.
How about you? Are you spending daily time in prayer and meditation?
If not, do you think it would help bring you a greater sense of peace and purpose in the New Year?