Do you ever get bogged down with day to day tasks? I know I can get so caught up in my “to do” list I forget to “be” and experience life. Yesterday, I had to pick my son up from school for an orthodontist appointment. We had a 30 minute drive across town to get to our appointment. I don’t like pulling him out of school unless it is absolutely necessary; however, when it comes to doctor and dentist appointments, I have no choice.
What started out as an item on my “to do” list turned into a beautiful blessing. My son started talking with me about colleges and the things he might want to study after high school. He is 15 years old, so he’s driving with his learner’s permit [Yes, my prayer life has increased substantially]. As he drove, I didn’t just listen to what he was saying, but I was able to observe his facial expressions and see what really excited him. He was passionate as he shared his interests and what he wanted to study in college. I realized what might have started out as an ordinary task became something really special because I paused to take it in.
The more I thought about my time with my son, the more I realized our Father desires to take all of the ordinary tasks of our life and turn them into something precious, if we’d simply do them with Him. He is blessed when we have conversations about our day to day life with Him just as much as I enjoyed talking with my son.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.” This has always been a command people have struggled with because so many of us view prayer as a time when we’re on our knees with our head bowed and our hands folded. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can talk through our day with the Lord, discussing our choices and the obstacles we face just as we would if a friend was spending the day with us. After all, don’t we all desire to have God speak to us face to face as He did with Moses [Exodus 33:11]?
What is on your “to do” list today? Why not seek some help from the Father as you work your way through it? You’ll be blessed if you do.