I love the time of the year from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Lots of invitations sent and received to gather together and celebrate. Lots of time spent with friends and family. Then the holidays pass and January hits. Excitement dies down, and I find myself feeling lonely and sad – filling up my time with tedious “to do” lists. However, recently, I heard someone speak about their daily quiet time, and was really moved by their passion to know Jesus. This reminded me there is an invitation that is always there, one I want to accept but often rush or decline when life gets busy. The invitation to really spend time with Jesus.
I read devotionals and listen to podcasts almost daily, but something was missing. I was doing instead of really being with Him. Jesus is always knocking; there is no doubt of His yearning to truly spend time with us. With me. The question is will I accept His invitation and give Him my time…time to reveal himself and to really hear Him. Will I spend intimate time with Him – the one who never leaves and is always there waiting to spend time with me? Will I let Him in?
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Heavenly Father, draw me closer to you. Show me how to spend time alone with you even when things get busy or I receive other invitations. Drown out the noise and allow me to hear your knock. Lord, create a desire deep in me to have a more intimate relationship with you; to really know you and to be known, to trust you and to give thanks in all circumstances. Through this intimacy transform me from the inside out. Help me keep my mind focused on you at all times especially when fear and doubts creep in. I want to be still and yield to the work you are doing in and around me. Set the pace, lead the way, and may I follow and walk in your light. Thank you Lord for your patience and grace. It is in your name I pray.