With everything that is going on in our lives, it’s easy to step away from God to attend to the affairs of life. We are invited to pray without ceasing and to thank God all the time. This great invitation is not always received. There are days when life keeps us busy and we miss the invitation. We have to take care of x, y and z and we don’t have time for the a, b,c’s of our faith. The basics of our faith take a backseat and when we have time for God again we find it hard to connect with Him again. I have been there. I have ignored the invitation and I have made myself a guest of other venues and sometimes a guest of not the best places. What I am learning is that carving time for God through the busy times is not only possible but it is primordial.
“Busy” happens to all of us but it shouldn’t prevent us from making God our priority. When we go astray or when we walk away from the daily invitation to communicate with God, there is hope for a comeback. We are never too far gone that we can’t come home. Home will always wait for us. God is our home and He is always waiting with open arms. The enemy will try to make us feel guilty and he will tell us that we have gone too far from God and there is no way home. That is a lie. There is always a way back home to the Lord. Today I want to encourage you to believe and trust that God is still welcoming you and that your busy life is not a make it or break it factor. God is with you when you are busy and when you have time for Him. Take the time to acknowledge Him in all you do!
When you are so busy that you can’t have any “God time”, you might start to feel like God is far. You might think that He has abandoned you or that He is nowhere to be found. The reality is that He has been there the whole time and you can always tap into His love and His goodness. The key here like I said is to acknowledge Him in all we do. It takes only a few words of acknowledgement. Before entering a busy period, we can thank the Lord for always being there for us. We can thank Him for the work He has provided and for taking care of our lives. I love to tell Him that He is the best part of my life and He is with me through thick and thin.
I am on His mind even when my mind is a thousand miles away from Him. He is by my side even when I decide to sit with other people and entertain other situations. He is my best situation. He is the best part of every day and I whisper that into His heart silently throughout the day. A whisper, a sigh, a short word is all it takes. Repetition is necessary so that my mind is more aware of His never ending presence. I go home every day at the end of the day. I go home to God every day at the end of the day. I do my best to speak to Him during the day and I make sure I spend quality time with Him at the end of the day.
Going back home is a daily habit so going to God is a daily habit as well. I know in my mind and in my spirit that I will always make time for God at some point. This helps me shut up the enemy when he tells me that I don’t give enough time for God and He will punish me for that. God is love. God is the essence of love. Nothing we do can separate us from His love. We need to step away from the guilt and from the negative feelings the enemy wants us to experience. God is always ready to take us back so to speak but we have to remember that life gets busy and God understands that we have to take care of business. I used to feel so depleted when I didn’t have time for God. I used to feel spiritually drained when I didn’t have time to pray. The problem was coming from my mind. The way I perceived the whole thing was wrong. My mind had the wrong approach.
The truth was that I could always have my going back home moment and God wasn’t mad at me. He gave me the life I had and He rejoiced over me and over my life. What mattered was that I was always going back home. I didn’t choose to go to places that would alienate me even more. Friend, God is always there and we need to see Him as the Father that He is. He is a Father who is always excited when we come home. If you have been away from home for a long time, trust that the way home is paved with peace, love and acceptance. God will always accept you and love you. Go home every day and go home even if you have been away for a long season. God will always welcome you home. May God bless you and protect you and remember He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Isaiah 54:7; Jeremiah 24:7; James 4:8