Quiet time. Morning devotional. Nightly prayer. Bible study. Private reflection.
What does space look like to you?
Maybe it is your morning commute – you drive in silence, using the time to reflect on God’s blessings in your life. Maybe it is your lunch hour at work – a daily time that you use for a devotional. Maybe you reserve a day each week to meet with a small group for Bible study.
Space is as fluid as the ocean. It does not have to be set in stone. As humans, we have a tendency to be legalistic, to want a schedule (or is that just me?). But we know from even just God’s creation around us that God’s paths are seldom straight, but are instead as wild as they are wonderful. We, too, must sometimes be willing to forge a winding path.
For me, I have committed for this month to do a daily devotional. This is a ten minute space that I am carving out for myself. Sometimes it happens in the morning, sometimes at night. But at least once a day I have been forcing myself to sit still and reflect on things of God. It is not always easy, but I know that I am the better for it.
I have also checked out a few audiobooks from the library that focus on matters of faith. I am purposefully committing my commute – 25 minutes each way if not more – to the Lord. I struggle so much with keeping still, with quieting my heart and mind, and not having my attention go hither and yon, that my commute is the one time that I can only listen, as my hands and attention are occupied.
For you, it may start with something like a devotional, easily pieced out in daily parcels, or it could be as simple as a prayer. Have you thanked God today for the blessings in your life? Have you confessed and repented of your sin? Have you cast your cares on him? Start there.
God often speaks to me through nature – it is His magnificent work, after all. Creating space is like the sun rays breaking through the clouds, or the unexpected flash of beauty when they hit the water just right. It is peaceful, it is restorative, it brings joy. Space is not an obligation. It can be a sacrifice, but ultimately one that illuminates God’s presence in our lives, when we might otherwise be too busy to stop and notice.
What space can you create in your life for God?