With rain storms and wind, unexpected days off school for my kids, and then packing all my activity into the other three days of the week, some of my normal routines fell by the wayside this week.
By the time I finally hopped out of my car and stretched my legs into a stride on the sidewalk of our town, it’d been five days since my last true “exercise” (unless you count hauling deck chairs and bicycles into the garage in preparation for a hurricane ‘exercise.’)
All that time off and my legs were starting to ache from the lack of movement.
Starting a good habit is tough, with stops and restarts, good days and bad, and not so successful attempts until you find what works. Then day after day, week after week, you practice the discipline of not just thinking about it or talking about it or dreaming it, but really getting up each day and making it happen.
It’s finding a way to make exercise a reality and cutting that beloved Coca Cola from my daily diet.
It’s setting aside that time to walk and pray. It’s carving out just 15 minutes at least to sit down in the quiet of God’s Word and His presence.
It’s choosing to put the clothes away when they’re clean rather than let them hide in the dryer for a day or two or three ….or the next time you do laundry.
It’s walking away from Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter instead of losing an hour or two or three….
This is all discipline. At first it aches to begin. The pain of those first faltering steps may make you want to quit.
But when you’ve persevered and now it’s habit and part of what your everyday life is like ….then it aches to stop.
Sometimes we treat that time with Jesus as such a burdensome, difficult thing. How do you fit it in? How do you avoid the distractions of telephone–and children? How do you get interested in these Ancient Words?
But then that time with Him is so sweetly life-giving and we ache, not from the doing, but from the not doing. That’s what happens when my quiet time gets pushed back and back in my day until I’ve managed to cram in activity and I’m exhausted and grumpy.
My soul is aching for my Savior and protesting my lack of time with Him.
I’m reminded this week of the Psalmist, who expressed that longing for His God more perfectly beautiful and true than anything else I’ve ever read:
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1)
This week, if you haven’t established the discipline of time with Him, I urge you to make it happen. It’ll never just magically occur on it’s own. You have to choose Jesus.
And if you’ve let it get crowded out of your life, if it’s slowly been pushed away, pay attention to the aching of your longing soul and start the discipline afresh.
And if it’s part of your life without question or fail, keep it up, my friend! Even when it’s hard or quiet, remain steadfast.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her upcoming book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, will be released in the Fall of 2013! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
Copyright © 2012 Heather King