29th day of Lent
And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?”
“I’m just too busy.”
“Something came up. I’ll get to it later.”
“You just don’t know what’s on my plate. There aren’t enough hours in the day.”
You’ve heard all of that before. You might have even said one or more of those things before. The bottom line is that when it comes to taking time for God, most of us just don’t do it.
“I’m too busy” is a good one, but that person usually has plenty of time for the latest show on TV or to read a good book.
“Something came up” is always popular, because it shows that you meant to get to God, but something out of your control prevented that. But “I’ll get to it later” usually turns into “I’m just too busy.”
“You just don’t know what’s on my plate” shows that you are more than busy – you basically don’t even have time for sleep. Even the time you spend in the car getting to and from work is taken up by other things – like talking on the phone or listening to the radio.
Again, the bottom line is that we don’t make time for God. He’s either a priority or He’s not. Even the disciples had a problem making time for Jesus when it really mattered. He wanted them to watch while He prayed – and they were just too tired to stay up with Him.
How about you – do you have the time to read the Bible even just a little bit, or to pray while you’re driving? God should actually get an important part of our day and not just the leftovers, but if we truly love Him, we’ll make at least a little time each day to talk to Him, read Him word and let Him know that He’s important to us. (And if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re already doing that to some extent.)
Today, take a few moments to thank the Lord for His presence in your life. Ask Him to help you keep Him as a priority, and to help you make time for Him each day.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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