Life. Is. Busy.
With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; O let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from your commandments. Psalm 119:10 AMP
And when I’m busy, things slide. I slack on recycling, laundry piles up, I skip flossing my teeth, I’m snappy at Brent, and even worse … I jip myself of time with the Lord.
My marriage and my walk with God – I am always amazed by the similarities of these two relationships. Both take similar amounts of intentionality. Time. Affection. Talking. Loving. But when one goes south, usually so does the other.
If I’m not intentionally pursing the Lord, I switch to spiritual auto pilot.
If I’m not intentionally pursuing Brent, my marriage sets to auto pilot, as well
My busy gets my best. My Best gets my last.
O let me not wander or step aside. Psalm 119:10 AMP
Oh, the subtle act of stepping aside. What a word picture – this stepping aside.
Can’t you just see it!?“Oh, life is so busy Lord, I will just be right over here. Let me step aside for just a minute while I take care of this. And this. And this, too …”
Stepping aside even sounds dainty doesn’t it? “Oh pardon me, Lord.”
Well, I tell you, the pardon I really need from the Lord is for my negligence.
Get this … to “keep in step with the Spirit” simply means to stay in line. Let us go forward walking in line. Gal 5:25 AMP
Walking in a line – that is Kindergarten 101. Stay in line. Keep your eyes on your Leader. Don’t wander off.
I got one spankin’ in Kindergarten. For what? Getting out of line in the cafeteria hallway and talking to another class who was passing by.
Ahem, thirty years later, here I am. Still wanting to get out of line.
Today, let us get in step with the Spirit! Let us not wander from our God, but seek Him with our whole heart.Lord, forgive me that busyness has gotten my best. Let me keep in step with you today. Let me not wander or get out of line. Today, I love You first. Today, I will intentionally love Brent well. I say “no” to auto pilot. Let me walk forward, not wandering from your commandments. Forgive me of any negligence on my part. Today, I keep my eyes fixed on You. I love you, Lord Jesus. Does busy ever get your best?
Becky,Thank you for sharing this simple truth today. I love your comparison of Christians to Kindergarteners. Only a mom would relate to that! Learning to stand, and stay, in line is a very basic but important thing to learn. Christians always seem to have "the wiggles" and a short attention span (including me!) That is why we must choose "today" whom we will serve. Today. And all the today's to come. Walking in the Spirit takes a concious effort. Joshua 24:15
Unfortunately, it happens more than I like to admit! I live in a much better state when I stay in line, though! It's amazing how He makes that work ~ when we walk in His Spirit, we are filled with His Spirit; therefore we display His fruit. I know I am full of peace (as well as the rest of the fruit) when I am in tune with Him. Good reminder, Becky!!
Yes it does! It's so easy to get sidetracked, especially with "good" things. But I have heard it said several times that because the enemy can't have us, he will keep us busy =( Over the past few years I have been learning to say no more often, even if I have time, just because that time is often spent on better things, like time with the Lord, time with my husband, my kids. I have been focusing on aligning God's priorities for me as my own. So far, it has made a huge difference! But there are still times when busy gets my best =( It is so disappointing.
Thanks for the reminder!! I found you through the 31 Days post at the nester's. wanted to come visit and say "hey" because our 31 day series is on the same topic! I look forward to reading yours!