I am in love with the little book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It’s so inspiring the way it’s crafted, being written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you, in a daily devotional format.
Apparently the intimate exchange in Sarah’s moments of stillness with her journal – after reflecting upon certain biblical passages -was how the book was born. Her March 27th entry is…sigh…thought-provokingly wonderful:
“Be still in My presence, even though countless tasks clamor for your attention. Nothing is as important as spending time with Me. While you wait in My Presence, I do My best work within you: transforming you by the renewing of your mind. If you skimp on this time with Me, you may plunge headlong into the wrong activities, missing the richness of what I have planned for you.”
“Do not seek Me primarily for what I can give you. Remember that I, the Giver, am infinitely greater than any gift I might impart to you. Though I delight in blessing My children, I am deeply grieved when My blessings become idols in their hearts. Anything can be an idol if it distracts you from Me as your First Love. When I am the ultimate Desire of your heart, you are safe from the danger of idolatry. As you wait in My Presence, enjoy the greatest gift of all: Christ in you, the hope of glory!”
I have the tendency to “plunge headlong into the wrong activities “as “countless tasks clamor for [my] attention.” What a beautiful reminder that seeking the Lord – waiting on His Presence to arrive in my heart – is my first priority. As I do so, my mind is transformed…I have more clarity, more focus and more peace.
Also! God is not there simply to grant my every wish, or to even listen to my every problem, story, crisis, or issue. He’s there for me to praise, to love, to allow in, to express gratitude towards, to be in AWE of. His gentle peace and Presence is bigger than the blessings I seek at His hand! To have no other gods before Him is to place my heart on his altar and wait on His peace and Presence, and His alone. Sometimes it means to just wait and listen and communicate to Him, “I love you. I trust you.” With NO agenda. Just being with Him. Just letting Him do His awesome work in me.
One of the first things I do with the women I coach is to have them secure a place in their home where they can receive peace and clarity…messages from On High. We call it the Sacred Space. We then place into their daily lifestyle a structured time to connect to the heavens, a sort of DivineAppointment, or Sacred Routine. They start with 20 minutes, then work up to whatever feels right, in the flow of spiritual connection. Women have had miraculous breakthroughs and insights when putting this routine into practice.
Without this structured time as a daily staple, it becomes too easy for idols to infiltrate – for distractions to reign. I am learning that NOTHING is more important than daily stillness. Babies, house, spouse, church responsibilities, your life calling/purpose…it’s all secondary to this. Nothing should take precedence over the personal connection with the Divine.