From my lack of posts for the last three weeks, you can probably tell that I have been pretty busy! 🙂 Nowadays, I feel like everyone is busy. When I ask how someone is doing, their answer will most likely be, “Good, but busy!” I have written posts about the importance of rest, and I have written about seeing God in our everyday, seemingly mundane activities; however, God has been teaching me these past few weeks to worship him in the busyness.
One act of worship that the Lord has really grown me in this year is my “quiet time” with him in the mornings. I love to get up, open my window, get out my numerous colored pens, highlighters, stickers, sticky notes, my journaling Bible, and 3 other journals (one for prayer, one for entries about my day, and one for sermon and Bible study notes – I am going to try and streamline this process soon, haha!).
Writing this all out, I can see how over the top my system is. I don’t know if any of this resonates with you, but this all began when I followed some Instagram accounts that share the different ways they study the Bible. They posted pictures of their “perfect quiet time,” including pens, journals, a candle, and a cup of coffee. This made me feel like I had to do the same thing. While there is nothing wrong with pens and journals (There are certainly ways that they have enhanced my studying of the word!), here are some problems I believe this “quiet time” attitude poses.
- This time could easily slip into being about me.
Believers all over the world wake up and immediately reach for their Bibles, digging into the scripture with all of their might. They don’t do this because of their fun journals and pens. They do this because they know they are going to need the Lord’s strength throughout their difficult day. They are fully dependent on him. It is truly a time when God becomes greater and they become less. Their time with the Lord pushes them to action, so they go and spread the Good News throughout the day.
This is what I desire for my time with the Lord in the morning. I want to run to him because it is the deepest desire of my heart, because I thirst for him. I want God to be magnified. I don’t want to focus on myself and what the passage means “to me.” I want to listen to what God is saying. I want this time to push me to action in my daily life. I pray I don’t get distracted by all of the extra “tools.”
2) These tools can put restrictions on your time with God.
I realized that I might have a problem when I found myself with time to read my Bible, but I hesitated because I didn’t have my little box of pens and such readily available. Isn’t that crazy?! God’s word is alive and active, and he can speak to us through it anytime and anywhere.
Anytime and anywhere… I also used to think that I just had to read my Bible in the morning or my whole day was going to be a mess. How could I forget that God is absolutely everywhere? Whether I read it on a lunch break, before bed, listen to it in the car, pray in the hallway at school, or sing to the Lord on a morning run, God is there. He gives us so much grace and freedom. Quiet time is worship, and I tend to forget that my whole life should be an act of worship to the Lord. This is what I was made for.
In all of the busyness, worship the Lord. You don’t need coffee and a candle. He is oh so worthy of all of us.
Thank you, Lord, for teaching me that…
My time with you should push me to action.
1 Chronicles 16:23-24
Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all people.
I can worship you anytime and anywhere.
…but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
There are so many different ways to worship you – not just with pens and journals.
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
You and I were made to worship
You and I are called to love
You and I are forgiven and free
You and I embrace surrender
You and I choose to believe
You and I will see who we were meant to be