I don’t know about you guys, but Dan and I talk a lot during the day. Not a lot of time usually, but we have short conversations several times during the day. We have always been that way, and that being the example, our kids are that way too. My grown ones call me once or twice a day, just to say “Hi” or to just check-in.
As you know, Dan is in China, he does business there several times a year and it really puts a damper on our communication. There is a 13 hour time difference, so when he is up and not working, it’s the middle of the night there. When I am at a good point to talk, it’s the middle of the night there. I say, “Oh, well, the middle of the night is better than not talking to him.” So we do what it takes to be able to talk. I get up way earlier than normal and he stays up later than he should sometimes, but it is well worth it. Just the thought of not being able to talk to him sure makes me appreciate being able to when he is here though.
This trip has made me think about talking to Jesus, do I take that time for granted too, do I appreciate it like I should? Do I spend the time with Him I should? Or, do I go through my day knowing I can talk to Him whenever I want, giving Him only bits and pieces. Do I get so caught up in my life and what I have to do that sometimes He gets what’s left?
What if He was on a different time zone than me and I could only talk to Him in the middle of the night, would I get up and give Him that time? Would I appreciate it more? Would I make it top priority always because He isn’t always available? How does He feel about it?
Joy being one of my favorite words, I love this quote by Oswald Chambers -
"It is a JOY to Jesus when a person takes time to walk more intimately with Him. The bearing of fruit is always shown in Scripture to be a visible result of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ."
He thinks it’s a JOY to talk to ME!!
Why as human beings do we want what we can’t have and not always appreciate what we do have?
Jim Elliott said - "O, the fullness, the pleasure, the sheer excitement of knowing God here on earth."
Knowing the wonderful difference it makes in our lives when we spend that time with Him, when we give Him our first and not our leftovers, why would it ever not be top priority...
I wish I could say that I always give Him the time He desires, but the truth is, sometimes I don’t.
Dear Lord, as it says in Psalm 16:11, show me the way of life, grant me the JOY of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Let this always be the desire of our hearts!!
Counting it all Joy!