Wiggles and Worship

Wiggles and Worship

The wiggles. My kids were infected early. Squirming bodies. Kicking feet. Restless hands.

Today I’m the one with the wiggles.

Daily, God calls me to come. To sit with Him a while.

And I want to—I just get the wiggles.

Wiggle #1: The To-Do List

It never shuts up. Ever. Like a toddler, it screams for my attention, and my mind races through today’s tasks—and tomorrow’s—and next week’s. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

Wiggle #2: The Clock

I can hear it ticking like a 60 Minutes promo. God says, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) The clock taunts me. Sand doesn’t trickle, it pours through the hourglass. God waits. I squirm.

Wiggle #3: Productivity

A voice in my head tells me my time is better spent elsewhere. Doing something. Which will it be? Busy hands or hands raised in worship? God says, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 15:22) Even sacrifice and service in His name.

My hands can and will do both, but there is a divine order. God tells me to seek him first (Matthew 6:33). And when I worship, the wiggles disappear. Because worship reminds me:

  • God’s agenda is more important than mine, and if I’m sensitive to His Spirit, my agenda will match His. (I’ve also found it helpful to keep pen and paper handy. When I think of something, I stop, write it down, and then return my focus to God. If I don’t, it drives me crazy, and God gets lost.)
  • God controls time. He can multiply it, make it fly, or make it stop. Only His peace can silence the clock.
  • Busy does not equal better. In fact, when He commands me to be still, doing is outright disobedience and rebellion. Busyness and constant doing must be replaced by the submission of my day and its agenda to Him.

Putting this into practice makes me feel like Indiana Jones must have when he took the step of faith in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Faith in God requires me to take a step too.

A step of faith that God will redeem the time.

A step of faith that what needs to get done will get done.

A step of faith that relationship time is productive even though it deals in intangibles.

Take time for Him today and worship through your wiggles. Your to-do list. Your clock. Your need for productivity or whatever keeps you from sitting at His feet.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Questions:

When you think of taking a block of time to sit before God—not with a devotional or an agenda—but for fellowship and worship—what is your response?

What makes you wiggle?

What are you gaining when you skip time with God?

What are you losing?

Family Application:

Discuss the need to make time for relationships—with God, with family, with friends.

What time currently spent elsewhere would you be willing to trade for relationships—beginning with God?

Consider a specific time the entire family takes to be alone with God individually.

Tweetables:

Daily, God calls me to come. And I want to—I just get the wiggles. Click to tweet.

God’s agenda is more important than mine, and if I’m sensitive to His Spirit, my agenda will match His. Click to tweet.

God controls time. He can multiply it, make it fly, or make it stop. Click to tweet.

Busy does not equal better. Click to tweet.

When I worship, the wiggles disappear. Click to tweet.

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