Life is busy: the phone keeps ringing, the kids need attention. Meanwhile, someone’s at the door, the dog is barking, there are bills to be paid, a deadline at work… but where is the time for God?
He doesn’t pound on the door like the neighborhood children, or stand beside your desk and interrupt while you’re working, or call during dinner like the phone solicitors.
No, He patiently waits for us to call on Him.
While the stresses are building, and you try to figure out schedules, or why you’re already out of milk (again), or who’s picking up whom from what, God waits.
While you throw another load of laundry in the washer, sweep the kitchen floor, sort through the mail and answer another phone call, God waits.
My husband and I make it a priority to find time each day for a private conversation over a cup of coffee. We take the time to show love toward our now-grown kids and discuss their lives and their concerns. We have friends over for dinner. Meanwhile, God waits.
Why does it often seem so very difficult to find the time to talk to God? Many of us know from personal experience that prayer is effective, and powerful and healing. It has the ability to change us, to strengthen us, to give us peace. Yet, it is often the very last thing we take the time to do—often finding ourselves falling into bed, exhausted and whispering a few words as we drift off to sleep.
As I was pondering this question in the back of my mind, I came across a passage that grabbed my attention: “Yet God does not abandon us. He keeps His promise: ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5).
Even during the storms, He stands just to the side, ever watchful, waiting to embrace us the moment we again seek His presence.
His words to Jeremiah apply to us all: ‘Call to me and I will answer you.’ (Jeremiah 33:3).
Is that not awe-inspiring? “Call to me and I will answer you.” When I read that passage, I grow numb as I try to absorb the thought that the God of all Creation has commanded me to call on Him. My mind can’t begin to comprehend the fact that He then promises to answer me.
Yet, I am ashamed to admit, I often neglect to talk to God. Sometimes I am too tired, sometimes I am too busy. Maybe even sometimes I am just too selfish.