When to read, when to pray, when to worship, when to just snuggle. Our God is infinitely more than our minds can even begin to comprehend. I believe we need to be careful that we not confine Him to our boundaries and habits. It is easy to place Him in the box of what we are comfortable with and therefore routinely do. We can get ourselves into patterns of ritualistic habit. A pattern can be healthy if it assures we are setting time aside to be with God, a routine however, can cause us to close our hearts to something else He’d desire from us at that particular moment.
There are many ways to spend time with God. I’d never say there is a bad time to read His Word or pray, as there is never a bad time to worship or just soak in His presence. As a teacher, I’m unable to truly teach until I’ve been able to get the classroom settled and focused. Attempts to just push through the lesson before students are ready only assures that little is learned since they are not yet ready to receive what it is I’m trying to say. It further complicates matters if I feel that I must adhere to an inflexible schedule which does not allow room for further explanation or opportunities for enrichment. I expect the same to be true when desiring that our Father instruct us. May we be open to being flexible in how we will spend our special times with God. Let us make sure we are ready to receive before seeking knowledge and/or instruction.
I cherish the fact that my own children love to spend time with me. Anything we do together makes me happy. However, there are times to play, times to wrestle, times to listen, and times to snuggle. May we be sensitive to how He desires to spend time with us. He knows what we need more than we do. Just ask, listen for the gentle whisper. Whispers however, are most easily heard in silence.
“…Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Don’t be afraid to take the time to still your mind through worship, prayer, or just soaking in his presence. Sometimes I just want my kids to talk to me, other times a long snuggle is what they need. Experience shows me that it is during and after these times that they are best prepared to receive from me. A favorite song can be wonderful in helping us snuggle and prepare our hearts for what the Father would like to share. Here are a few of my personal favorites. Be Blessed.