First of all, thank you to all the faithful men and women who have served our country in the armed forces (my dad among them!). It’s easy to gloss over a holiday like today, but I never want to take the freedom we experience in this country for granted.
And on the topic of freedom . . .
I was spending some time working through a Bible study this morning, after having spent an inordinate amount of time convincing my youngest daughter to take a nap. As I came upon an exercise that required me to look up Scripture reference after Scripture reference, I found myself getting anxious. I considered skipping some “in the interest of time” so that I could just get through the meat of the material outlined for the day. I had this feeling that at any second my daughter would wake up, and my time would be cut short, so I had to cram in as much as possible into that unspecified short amount of time.
And then a flash through my dense skull.
The “meat” I was trying to get to was in fact in the Scripture. The material I needed to study for today would be adequately portioned out for me. It didn’t matter if my time was “cut short.” In fact, if I was taking time to absorb and meditate on the content of the Bible passages and the study, I wouldn’t be left deprived if I didn’t make it through the entire day’s worth of material. On the contrary, I was depriving myself more by trying to slam it all down. Getting through as much of the study as possible was more about checking off a box than about sitting at his feet in devotion. (Ah, so that’s what devotional means . . .).
So I write today to encourage you who are busy and don’t have time. A few minutes of thoughtful reflection or communion with the Lord is better than none, AND it’s better than trying to cram in a bunch of content all at once. As a stay-at-home mom, that’s especially refreshing to me.
And for more encouragement about your quiet time, check out this article. A friend passed along part of it to me many years ago, and I recently found a version of it on the web.
Live free, friends.