A stillness fell over the room. The type of quiet that forces you to take notice.
The music played gently in the background and the early morning light cut through the window leaving a shadow across the small wooden table and her favorite cup of tea.
The children were hanging on to the last remnants of their dreams, the dog was curled at her feet, and her husband was buried under his grandmother’s quilt.
She sat motionless, fixed on an indescribable peace. A sweetness, a warmth that enveloped her.
A holy moment; a moment where she could feel God’s presence.
A moment she knew that she was loved like a father loves his daughter – loved unconditionally, effortlessly, intentionally.
Our lives can get so complicated. They can become busier than we planned, out of control. Keeping us from the most important thing, time alone with God. Sitting in His presence, lounging at His feet, spending time getting to know Him, loving Him, surrendering to Him.
Holy moments are found in the stillness of our minds, in the quieting of our hearts, in the intentional discipline of seeking God.
Tim Hansel shares,
God has spoken very boldly about his desire to be a presence in our lives. If I want to heal the ache and loneliness in my own life, one of the things I need to do is get away, alone with God. . . In the silence, God will speak to you most powerfully. Too often his words to us get muffled, lost, or covered by the crowd of many noises both inside and outside of us. We must have a quiet heart in order to hear God’s distinctive message to us.
So how do we make time?
What do we do while in His presence?
What are Jesus’ promises for our time together?
Jesus himself was the best example of making time for God. He was often found stealing away to a quiet place to pray and worship.
Luke 5:16 shares,
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
We need to get away from the distractions to a quiet (lonely) place. A place that allows us to focus; a comfy chair in the early morning before the family places their daily demands. A Walk in the neighborhood or hike in the woods, just you and Jesus. A late evening encounter, the day is done and you can rest in your Father’s arms.
You may only have 5 minutes, take the time. Jesus waits to meet with you.
In His Presence
Three things we can focus on while we are in the presence of God; prayer, praise, and pondering His goodness.
Colossians 4:2 tells us,
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
We can use our time alone with God to pray, talk with Him about every aspect of our lives – not just our needs (He already knows) but also our dreams, those tiny things that bring us joy.
Psalm 117:1-2 gives us another hint at what we should focus on during our time with the Lord,
Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!
Take time to praise God for all He has done and continues to do for you. The Lord loves to hear the praises of His people. Listen to worship music, sing or pray in the quiet of your mind, sing or pray at the top of your lungs – don’t forget to praise!
Pondering God, reflecting on His character and nature, allows us to grow our knowledge and understanding of the person of Jesus. Reading the Bible, a daily devotion, journaling are all excellent ways to reflect on God.
James 4:8 shares God’s promise for our time with Him.
Come close to God, and God will come close to you…
Our time with God brings intimacy and builds our relationship with our loving Father. Our faith and trust grow, burdens shift, pain takes on a new perspective, and our lives are transformed.
Sisters, I know many of you are going through difficult times. Times that cause you to fear, question, and challenge your faith. Times where you think I don’t have time to be still, I’m just hanging on!
I encourage you, even in desperate times, to make time to be with Jesus. Because it is during these times – we need to focus on Him even more. We need to sit in His presence, lounge at His feet, spend time getting to know Him, loving Him, surrendering to Him.
31Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
34“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:31-34 Amplified Bible (AMP)
BeLOVED, don’t get lost in the busyness and the distractions of this world. Spend time with the One that can meet your inner longings, your deep loneliness, and your unimaginable losses.
Nestle into your favorite chair, settle into the corner of a coffee shop or a bookstore, walk a quiet path – spend time with your creator.
In return, He will reveal Himself, His passions, His purpose for your life and you will find yourself resting in a holy moment.
In Luke 10:38-42, we are told about Martha and Mary.
38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Martha was the doer, serving Jesus and His disciples, making certain the meal was ready, and all the many details were addressed.
Mary desired to sit at Jesus’ feet. She took this precious time to be still, to grow in intimacy and knowledge of this man Jesus. She chose not to get distracted by the busyness of His visit, the preparation, her sister’s call to do more. She chose to be present, to quiet her heart, to focus on God.
Seeking God in a busy world requires some intentionality, a little planning, and perseverance. But Jesus says in Luke 10:42B,
Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
Jesus confirms that Mary had it right. His desire for our lives is time spent in His presence, at his feet, in a relationship with Him.
Take a few minutes to consider the following.
- Are you consistently spending time with God? If no, what is getting in your way?
- What is one thing you can do to grow closer to God?