As we pulled up to the retirement center, the kids made room for Granny. She sat down heavily, swinging one arthritic leg, then the other into the car. She placed her purse on the floor, adjusted her windbreaker, and began looking for the seatbelt. Grunting and mumbling, she pulled the belt around and plunged it into empty air as the latch evaded her. One of the kids reached for the belt and clicked it in place. Upon reaching our house, the kids were out of the car and in front of the TV before Granny had made it through the door. “Faster is better,” says the AT&T commercial.
We talk about our walk with God, but my life is more of a run. I want God in my life. It’s the walking part that gets me. Jesus understood our dilemma:
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6: 31-33 NIV, italics mine)
Time constraints force me to pick and choose. Will I choose Him?
Choosing Him means I slow down and walk. Just as I change my pace for Granny, God asks me to adjust my pace to His. This means taking a deep breath and trusting Him for the work of the day as the minutes I spend with Him tick by. Isn’t this the rub? Steps of faith chafe like a new pair of shoes, but I have never regretted spending too much time with God. My day may not live up to my to-do list, yet I’ve discovered the important things will get done.
Pace yourself and walk with Him today.
Questions for the Week:
1) What keeps you from walking with God?
2) Is it a time issue or a trust issue?
3) Look at Matthew 6: 33. What is the difference between the pagan and the believer concerning the things we need in life?
4) How do you set your priorities?
5) Start small. How much time will you give Him today?