Making Time to Rest in His Affection

Making Time to Rest in His Affection

 

I typically aim to accomplish approximately 762 distinguishable tasks every day. Some tasks blend from one to another, like the way eating lunch seems to blend with prepping dinner – both of which happen at about two o’clock every afternoon.  But the majority of the day’s assignments stack up quickly and leave me with little margin time.

I’ve learned that if growing in relationship with Christ is going to happen, I have to schedule it into the day, just like exercise, eating lunch, and visiting with a friend. My routine makes it most suitable to set aside special time to connect with him early in the morning and again just before bed.  Both times include reading a portion of the Bible, prayer, and a Christian book that challenges my faith.

The problem is that it’s easy to read and pray, then quickly cross the task of “time with Jesus” off my list, just like I do with every other task of the day. It’s the way I’m wired.  I like black and white.  I like to set goals, write them down, and cross them off.  But meeting with Jesus isn’t like that.

For starters, he wants to meet with me all day every day.  He’s not interested in a closed Bible that results in a closed mind – life in boxes.  He wants me living on two levels: one that’s functioning in my daily life, and another that’s always mindful of his presence with me.  He wants my affection to drift toward him like that of a young lover who just can’t stop thinking about, talking about, or admiring her beloved, even when they’re apart.

But how do I fall so deeply in love with Jesus? How does his love become so real to me that I think of it while I cook, while I walk along the road, while I get groceries, and while I brush my teeth?

There are many ways to fall in love with Jesus, but one of my favorites is this: I make time to rest in his affection.

When is the last time you sat in silence, with nothing to say or do, and simply let Jesus love you?

When is the last time you opened your mind and heart to the awareness that he loves you and simply rested in that awareness?

We know God loves us because he sent Jesus to die for us (Romans 5:8). This is all the proof we ought to need of his love.  We’re not seeking an emotional experience when we rest in his affection.  We’re simply resting in the knowledge that he tenderly loves us.

He loves us so much that he bore the wrath of God to pay for our sins on the cross. He loves us so much that he calls us his children.  He loves us so much he calls his people his bride, and he tells us he is captivated when we glance in his direction (Song of Solomon 4:9).

Will you make time in your day to rest in his affection? Whether it’s two minutes before you rise from your bed, five minutes in the car, or the thirty seconds between lying down to sleep, he wants to pour his love upon you.  He is waiting.

 

 

About Stacey Pardoe

Stacey Pardoe is a wife, mother of two young children, writer, Bible teacher, and mentor. She is most passionate about walking closely with Christ and sharing his love with a broken world. Find out more about her at her website.

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