My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming” Psalm 27:8 (NLT)
We are all designed to desire the Lord. Our inner most being yearns for His presence and our hearts desire to seek Him. I love how simply David puts it in this verse. He says his heart has heard the Lord’s call to talk with Him. It’s so simple. God just wants to talk with us. He wants us to come to him with everything. To talk with Him about our lives, our joys, our fears and our concerns. Even though He already knows everything, He still desires for us to come to Him and simply talk just like we would with a close friend.
My friend Kelly and I have been best friends for almost 5 years now. 3 of those 5 years we have lived in different states. The distance is hard but when we get the chance to hang out or talk on the phone it’s like we were never apart. We seem to always be able to pick up where we left off. It’s the same way with God. Now matter how long it’s been since the last time you talked with God, He is always waiting to pick up where you left off. He loves us and wants us to spend time with Him, but He gives us the choice. At the end of verse 8, David responds “Lord I am coming.” We must choose to take the time and go to God.
As a stay-at-home-mom, I have found that is easier said than done. Having two littles both under the age of 3, I am constantly busy. Between breakfast, lunch, dinner, cleaning the house, laundry, diaper changes, playing horsey and peek-a-boo, I barely have time to think let alone pray. I love having the opportunity to stay home with my children but it is exhausting most days. By the time nap time rolls around, the last thing I want to do spend time in the word. I know! What kind of Christian would admit to not wanting to spend time with God? I am just being real ladies! We have all been there whether you want to admit it or not. Rest is a wonderful thing and God does want us to take times of rest but He still wants us to spend time with us.
As a mom, my heart would be crushed kids didn’t want to spend time with me. Just think how much more it hurts God’s heart when we don’t want to make time with Him. He isn’t demanding a ritual or a ceremony. He simple wants to hear our hearts. He wants to hear what’s going on. He wants to converse with us and, most importantly, He want to tell us how much He loves us. He wants to impart wisdom into our situations and renew our spirits. It’s in the quiet times with God that we can find rest.
It brings God so much joy when we run to Him. When my husband, Brandon, comes home from work each day, Jude insists on sitting on his lap and telling him all about his day. The joy I see on Brandon’s face is the same joy I think God has when we spend time with him.
It is so important to take time and go to our Papa God. Allow yourself time to rest in Him and speak into who we are. As a mom and a wife it is especially important. It’s in that time we will find the strength, wisdom and encouragement to pour out into our family.
I want to encourage you this week to set aside time to be with God. Whatever and whenever that looks like for you. For me it’s during nap time. I have friends who doodle or paint in their time with God. Look at your daily life and see where you can make time for God. It might only be 5 minutes to start and that’s okay. Ask God to show you where you can make time. It will radically change your life. The Lord is calling out to you. How will you respond?