Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Missing God



"You will find me waiting for you there" (Ex 17:6 NEB).


Summer is drawing to a close and I have to say that I am happy about that fact. Summer is a hard time for me. Yes, I am a schedule girl. Don't get me wrong-- I love a little spontaneity too. But when summer comes usually my regular quiet time with God goes. I don't know why it happens that way, but it does. So by the end of the summer I am ready for those regular times with the Lord. It seems there is an urgency in my heart to renew our deep tender meetings.

I imagine that it is like a friendship, that although it continues during times of busy life schedule--every once in awhile you just need a little knee to knee time. You talk about the light and frivolous first and then it is time to reacquaint yourselves with the deep things of each others hearts.

I have encountered this with other friends this summer. People go on vacation time and contact is few and far between. Then they come back and you go. I have seen it in blogdom and in my neck of the woods. One leaves and the other waits.

God has been waiting. Now I would imagine that the urgency in my heart for Him is --Him getting a little impatient. You know we feel the same when a good friend is gone too long.
I spent a little catch up time yesterday with a few of my girls. It is good to be home. To look into some of their faces and to spend some time talking and listening to others. Yes, I have to remember to listen.

God is waiting. I would imagine He has a few stored up thoughts to release also. So, this week my goal is to get back to my regular time with God. Spend a some time listening. I miss our knee to knee time.

Here is a portions of a devotional from Elisabeth Elliot. I love the closing verse. He is waiting. Enjoy!

Time for God

It is a good and necessary thing to set aside time for God in each day. The busier the day, the more indispensable is this quiet period for prayer, Bible reading, and silent listening. It often happens, however, that I find my mind so full of earthly matters that it seems I have gotten up early in vain and have wasted three-fourths of the time so dearly bought (I do love my sleep!). But I have come to believe that the act of will required to arrange time for God may be an offering to Him. As such He accepts it, and what would otherwise be "loss" to me I count as "gain" for Christ.

Let us not be "weary in well-doing," or discouraged in the pursuit of holiness. Let us, like Moses, go to the Rock of Horeb--and God says to us what He said to him, "You will find me waiting for you there" (Ex 17:6 NEB).




8 comments:

Nicki said...

My heart is feeling the same thing. It is so hard to be on any kind of schedule in the summer time, I too long for those early morning quite times to begin again and they will as soon as we get into our house! Sounds like God has done some amazing things in your life this summer and used you in mighty ways! Praying for you today sweet friend!

Dee said...

This is so funny! I have been feeling the same way lately -- I'm a routine girl, I do like fun, but I also like to get 'stuff' done, and time in the Word gets shifted to wherever it fits in the summer, and I don't like that. I'm glad you're enjoying the book that I sent -- it's a classic! And the angel seemed to be perfect. I think of you everytime I do my dishes & see the angel on my kitchen windowsill. I've re-read Stepping Heavenward many times. My friend's husband read it to her when they were first married!! My birthday? Not my 28th, but close LOL, 41 actually, and it's on Saturday the 4th. Our neice had her baby last night (she was due on the 3rd and was aiming for my birthday for me! D

Melanie said...

I too need a schedule! If I don't have one I get a bit panicky!

Karen said...

Awesome reminder for Quiet Time, made me feel peaceful and snuggly! Here we are looking forward to Spring (Sep 1st) after the winter time.

Jenny said...

Sharon-

This post was so timely for me. I am try to simplify my schedule so that I can make more time for him.

Thanks for being there for me and for keeping me motivated and on track!

Jenny

CrownLaidDown said...

Pursuing Him and waiting for His timing...

Glad to see you're back! Praying for you, Friend.
Love,
holly

SunnySusan said...

Sharon~~wow, great minds do think alike don't they...LOL

My God time suffers in the summer....I need to get back to a schedule also...
wow....the Lord is working OT

I will just have to get up before my daughter....I love my sleep also...but I need my God time also......

Be Blessed

Shelly said...

Ohh....

I am done for with that Elizabeth Elliot quote...