My husband’s job as a city firefighter requires twenty-four-hour shifts. He works one full day, and then is off the next two days. The day that he’s on shift, my kids and I keep ourselves as busy as possible – not a difficult prospect, considering all the chores required to maintain our house and seven-acre property. Especially during this spring season, something always needs cleaning, or repairing, or just…doing.
It’s truly a blessing to always have something to do. We will never be bored!
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. – Ecclesiastes 4:9
But part of the reason I enjoy staying so busy is that I don’t like to dwell on my husband’s absence.
When he is home, everything seems better. Even though he may be cutting firewood down by the creek or working on a project in the machine shed, I appreciate that he’s close by. Our family unit feels complete, and all is right in our little world.
When he’s gone, something just doesn’t feel right.
It’s a bit like the imbalanced feeling I experienced a few days last week, when I decided to adjust my devotional schedule. I thought I’d work outside in the cooler morning hours and have my devotions in the afternoon.
But jumping right into chores without spending time in the morning with God didn’t work for me.
I felt out of sorts, off-kilter, and incomplete. When the afternoon came and I tried to read my Bible, I was too tired to focus and my thoughts rambled.
It just didn’t feel right.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. – Psalm 5:3
For me, tending to the health of my body and soul must be done first thing in the morning, or I feel ill-prepared to face the rest of the day.
And the truth is, if I get busy doing all the other tasks of the day before I work out and have my devotions, I may never get back to them. I’m just not that disciplined!
So, I’m going back to my usual schedule. My mind and heart need that feeling of “rightness” that comes when I’m prayed up in the morning and ready to face the day.
What time works best for you to have your devotions? Do you ever have an unsettled feeling if you don’t have them at the usual time? I’m always interested to hear your thoughts.