Every morning, I have a standing appointment with my daughter to exercise together either on our back deck, as the sun rises through the trees at the rear of our property, or in our garage. If we have to get up exceptionally early, we miss the occasional workout, but we’re pretty consistent otherwise.
I’ve also made it a habit to curl up with my youngest son and read with him on his bed nearly every night. Afterward, I often drop in on my oldest son and check in with him about his latest computer programming or gaming project, or I listen to him play his guitar. Every night that my husband is on shift at the fire station, I call him or he calls me, to see how the other’s day went, and say goodnight.
I spend intentional time with those I love most in the world, and I feel privileged to enjoy such closeness with them.
But, I recently realized, I don’t always do this with the Lord.
I pray every morning and every night. I read my Bible and study Scripture. But I don’t always…bask in my time with him. I don’t soak up his presence as I should. I don’t consistently make time to enjoy with him the natural ebb and flow of conversation that I do with my children and my husband and other dear friends and loved ones.
Does that make them idols? Are they more precious to me than God is?
If actions speak truly, then they are.
My daughter recently shared Andrew Murray’s belief in the value of spending at least half an hour each morning with God.
Murray, an early twentieth century pastor and author from South Africa, said, “We prove the value we attach to things by the time we devote to them.”
As we enter a new home-schooling year, I will need that conversational time with God more than ever, and I look forward to making it just as much a habit as the time spent with everyone else I love.
Verses to Consider
And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. – I Samuel 3:10
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalm 46:10
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. – Psalm 143:8
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. – Jeremiah 33:3