Do you ever feel you want to spend more time in your relationship with God, but find by the end of the day your good intentions somehow slip right on by?
I told myself I'd put aside time when I retired, but I didn't, so I came up with a plan.
I decided it would be best to track everything I did each day for one week. In addition to household chores, errands, shopping, and appointments, I found my time was basically divided between six things:
4)Tending to family, friends
At the end of the week on a quiet night, I sat down at the kitchen table to review my findings. As I suspected, there were gaps in my schedule. That meant I had more time than I thought--time I could put to good use.
"How about quiet time with God right now?" I thought. I loved the comfort of my kitchen table, where I often enjoyed coffee. Yes. "Coffee with the King!'" I cleared the table, put down a lace tablecloth, and arranged two place settings.
A feeling of excitement bubbled within me. The Lord would not be sharing in the physical consumption of the coffee, but I knew He would be with me in spirit.
(The coffee was decaf, by the way, because it was after 11p.m. I didn't think He would mind!)
His place setting was directly across from me. I offered a prayer of thanks. After I poured the coffee, I poured out my heart to my Lord--my King--my Savior, over the next fifteen minutes.
As I looked at the china place setting across the table with the empty chair, I imagined the Lord sitting there, the brightness of His white linen robe and the warmth of the light shining around Him, the look of love and compassion in His eyes, and the gentleness of His smile.
With no distractions, I was able to focus on the time I had to spend with Him. It was one of the best conversations I'd had with God in a long time.
Of the past twenty-four hours, this fifteen minutes was paramount to anything else I had done all day. My worries were lessened, my heart lightened, and the cup of coffee tasted pretty good, too.
Our lives are busy. It is my prayer that no matter what your schedule, that you, too, may find quiet moments with God each day, in whatever way works best for you, and wherever that might be...
Wishing you the brightest of Blessings for your week,