It is 7:00am on a typical Saturday morning and I haven’t seen my husband since we went to bed on Monday night. He isn’t missing thankfully, but instead this is the current season of our life. He leaves going to work before I get home from work, and I’m usually sleeping when he finally gets home in the middle of the night. Our communication often consists of messages left on the refrigerator and brief phone calls. The time we have together is limited, so Steve suggested that we schedule Saturday morning breakfast dates to give us a chance to reconnect each week. That time is what keeps our relationship strong and keeps us close. Quality time is important for any relationship.
In Mark 6, Jesus sent the disciples out in pairs to preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick. They had been very busy doing as they were instructed and finally returned to report to Jesus all that had happened. Then, because so many people were coming and going, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place (Mark 6:31-32). Jesus wanted time alone with the disciples away from all the distractions.
Life sometimes becomes so busy that I read my Bible less and less each week. My relationship with God suffers, and I find myself growing farther and farther away from Him. Sermons, Sunday School lessons, and occasional devotions are great but allow very little opportunity for God to speak directly to me. It would be similar to the messages my husband and I leave on the refrigerator for each other. I receive the message but miss out on the joy of speaking with him directly. I can get God’s message at church, on the radio, and even through others. But to keep that relationship strong, I have to commit to spending some personal time with Him.
We may be busy doing good things, even things that God has called us to do, but like the disciples we need to slow down long enough to meet with Jesus. To do that, we must find that quiet place, a place free of distractions, where we can read His word and not only talk to Him, but also listen. It may be necessary to create a specific time and place reserved for quality time with Him. It doesn’t matter when or where, but make it a priority to get into the boat with Jesus and find that solitary place. Don’t get so busy doing things for God that you forget to go to that quiet place and simply spend time alone with Him away from all the distractions and people. Quality time reserved just to reconnect and strengthen your relationship with Him.
Do you feel as if God is moving farther and farther away? Do you feel alone and unable to sense His presence in your daily life? Maybe He is calling you to step into the boat with Him and go to that quiet place.
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