The Topic Room: MISS THE MOMENTS
There’s nothing like a big bowl of vanilla ice-cream covered in Oreo crumbles on a warm summer’s evening. Add a witty nineties Rom-Com, soft lighting, a poufy blanket, a quietness that can only be attained when your tribe is safely tucked away in bed, and you’ve got true bliss!
Whether it’s a spa appointment or a get-together with the guys, we all create moments and events that are designed to rejuvenate us and refresh our minds and bodies. We spend time planning towards these moments and after long periods of being flogged by life’s issues, we look forward to them. We need them, we crave them, and so we should.
However, tubs of ice-cream and spa days cannot compare with the stress-relieving, burden-dropping, muscle-pumping rejuvenation we receive when we have spent adequate quiet time in the presence of God.
After days of dealing with life’s problems, we should be hightailing it back to the presence of the Father. If we are not eager to get back into our quiet time with God, then we may be doing it wrong.
Quiet time with the Lord can sometimes feel like a chore rather than that precious time in the day when we get to commune with God at a deep and steady pace. A time when distractions are prohibited, and responses from God are almost instantaneous. It’s a love exchange between a Father and His child, and if conducted properly, it can be exhilarating. There’s no specific formula you need to employ during your quiet time, just come as you are and come expectant.
Take a quick gander at the book of Psalms and ask King David. His adoration for the Lord was as prolific as his conquests were.
Psalms 63 v 6-8: ‘When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. (7) For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. (8) My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.’
Quiet time with the Lord is not about petitioning God to solve our problems. Oh, no! It’s about a time when we create an atmosphere that elevates us above our problems. It’s a space where we are stripped of our earthly labels and transported into a place where the glory of God is so evident you can almost taste it! Quiet time with God is a time when we experience a glimpse of God’s glory. And we should come unincumbered to really enjoy it.
Despite the power coursing through His heavenly veins, Jesus Christ Himself still found time to commune with the Father.
Mark 1 v 35: ‘In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.’
We can summarise and unpack some insights with this verse.
In the early morning… – Jesus made His quiet time with the Father a priority. We should do the same.
…while it was still dark… – Regardless of our problems and the evil in this world, we should still seek out that sacred time with our Father.
…Jesus got up… – God is always there and ready, waiting for us to make a move.
…left the house… – Be willing to leave your comfort zone and let the Holy Spirit lead you to where God wants to meet you.
…went away to a secluded place… – Cut out the noise of the world and find a quiet spot, and once you’ve found it, guard it.
…and was praying there. – Immerse yourself in activities that will facilitate a wonderful experience with the Lord: Prayer. Praise. Worship. Meditating on His Word.
The presence of the Lord is a beautiful place to be. It can revitalise you far better than cold water on a hot day and it can replenish you faster than any energy drink. Quiet time with the Lord should come with expectations and as such, it should be carefully planned out. And when we find that we have allowed the cares of life to steal us away from our moments with God, we should find ourselves craving that time back, we should miss it and adjust whatever needs to be adjusted to get ourselves back in His presence as quickly as possible. I urge us all to delight ourselves in the Lord and place a premium on our quiet time with Him. If we’re not missing those moments in His presence, we may need to re-evaluate the quantity and quality of our time with Him. But if we wholeheartedly seek God and relish His presence, we will be transported to a whole new level in our relationship with Him. I don’t know about you, but I would trade ice-cream and Oreos for that!
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