Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour this past Saturday night? It’s always nice to have an extra hour of sleep, especially when you can do so without losing an hour anywhere in your day.
This morning as I sat down at my desk, I glanced at the clock on my bookcase and realized not only had it not been moved back an hour, it was no longer working. The battery in it had died one day at seven minutes past eleven. Obviously, it has gone unnoticed for some time now.
I love that clock because it was a gift from a dear friend. Not only is it battery operated, which requires me to stay in tune with it to keep it running, it makes a ticking noise as the minutes pass.
At first, I found it very annoying and wasn’t sure I was going to keep it in my office, but then I got used to it and it became soothing. When she gave me the clock she said it was to remind me to stay on God’s time, not my own. As it ticks throughout my day, it is a reminder to me that I am on His time. Apparently, the ticking got lost in all of the noise of the day and when it vanished, I didn’t realize it.
I found myself wondering if that same thing happens with our connection with the Lord.
- Do we get so busy doing things, lots of things, that we forget to keep the main thing the main thing?
- Does our time with the Lord just slip away without us realizing it?
- Do we just look up one day and realize it’s gone but don’t remember when it disappeared?
C.J. Mahaney said,
We make time for what we truly value. We build habits and routines around the things that really matter to us.”
Most of us look at people like Beth Moore or Billy Graham and say we wish we had a relationship with the Lord like they do. Are we willing to do what it takes to make it happen? They invest time in their relationship with Jesus because they truly value it.
Many of us think we’ll do a better job with spending time with Jesus once we get out of school, or once the kids get a little older and don’t need us as much, or once the house gets in order and we make our special quiet time place, or once _____. You fill in the blank.
We are all given the same twenty-four hours in a day. How we spend it is up to us!
Jeremiah 33:3 says,
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
If we want a life of intimacy with Jesus then we must keep connected to the power source. When we don’t, we end up like the clock stuck on seven minutes past eleven, going nowhere.
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