Who has enough time? In ministry there is always something that needs or demands our time and attention. There are always good things to do. It seems like the day no more begins, than it’s over, leaving us wondering what just happened. Where did the day go? As much as we would like, we just can’t stretch a day beyond 24 hours.
The question is how do we spend those 24 hours? We can’t “make time” but we must “make time” for what is important. I have learned that I make time for what is important to me. I make time to eat and sleep. My body makes me make time for these life sustaining elements. Sometimes eating is rushed and sleep is cut short, but my body demands these. Therefore, I make time for both.
My soul, my connection with God, is so easily neglected. So much of our time is spent on “doing” that there is very little time, if any, left for “being.” I don’t’ mean studying for a sermon or a discipleship class, but time dedicated to solitude. Time concentrated on listening to the still small voice of God that nurtures our soul. Our soul longs for this as much as our body longs for food and sleep. The only difference is we don’t suffer physically when soul-care is neglected. But spiritually we become lethargic; we are functional but gradually lose the hunger for personal God time. The still small distinct voice of God becomes fainter and fainter, which opens the door for the enemy and the flesh to make their demand for our time.
God loves us too much to allow us to remain as we are and will go to great measures to draw us back to Him. Make time for Him; don’t make Him make you make the time.
Psalm 42:1-2 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”