Quiet time? What is that? In a world where cell phones, social media, and gaming dominate 99% of our time (besides sleeping – sometimes), quiet time is an often-foreign idea. Just to clarify, there is a difference between simply choosing to not talk for awhile to anybody, and sitting down and having a conversation with the One Who gives us ultimate peace and rest.
When I say “quiet time,” I don’t mean reading a book or taking a walk (without listening to music – keep that phone put away!) These are also important times to take, as they will help clear your head, cool off, or do whatever it takes to feel refreshed after life has happened. There was a season in my life where it felt like everything was happening at once. My close friend’s sister has been battling a rare, malignant tumor that was diagnosed in December 2018. I met a young man with whom I have been exploring the ideas of love and dating and possibly marriage. I moved out of my parents’ home and into my own 260-square-foot apartment. This was a lot of change to process in a short period of time, and in that period of time I had to make sure that I took time to sit with God.
Quiet time means taking the time to shut out the rest of the world for a few minutes (or an hour, take however long you need!) and talking with Him. Telling Him specifically what you are going through. Allowing your mind to clear so He can speak to and through you. God desires this time above all else. If He were human, I can see Him waking up in the morning and the first thing He does is look at me (since He is always there, thanks God!) and ask, “Good morning, my beautiful child. How has life been? How are you feeling? What are you thinking about?” Some people might think this as annoying or obtrusive, but it isn’t. God’s style is that He is always asking those questions, but never pushing or pressing for answers. He simply sits back and waits for us to respond.
An important lesson I have learned is that I cannot pour love, sympathy, and empathy (yes, there is a difference between those two amazing words, who knew?) into other people’s lives unless I make sure that I am filled with those same things. The only One Who can fill me with those attributes, of course, is God the Father. Of course, there is a place for friends and fellowship. That is a huge reason of why God created the concept of church and church families; He understood that sometimes we would need that face-to-face interaction, that physical hug (or slap, should you need to wake up a bit – I know I’ve had those moments)f, to help us feel restored and valued. But spending time with Him is equally, if not more, important. There is nothing more fulfilling, nothing more refreshing, nothing more amazing than the feeling you have after having a conversation with God.
I have struggled with this. For some reason, it takes a lot of effort for me to make this time with God. It happens on a monthly, sometimes quarterly basis. Why does it take so much effort, when I have experienced His grace and love on so many occasions? During that crazy season I mentioned earlier, there was a time where I made the effort to go on a walk and talk to God. And, at least tried to, listen to Him and His wisdom. It was in a moment where I felt very overwhelmed with life and was almost depressed, because for weeks I had been pouring into other people’s lives without being filled. I read my Bible every morning and (usually) every night, and that is a good habit to fall into, but you cannot have a relationship without talking; without actually spending quality time (aka “quiet time,” get it?) with the One you are trying to establish a relationship with. Taking that walk was the best thing I had done in those weeks of craziness. I came back from it feeling an inner peace that only God can give. I had a much clearer head and an overall better attitude.
It is amazing how faithful God is. No matter how many times I push Him to the side, He is always there, gently pushing back, sometimes letting me push Him away for a bit before coming back. He is a good, good Father, Who truly cares about and wants to help His children. Quiet Time may be His favorite activity, but He also delights in simply watching His children live life. Sometimes we make Him cry, sometimes laugh, sometimes both. And always, always He is there, delighting in every opportunity to wrap His arms around us and be that good Father we so desperately need.
The conclusion? Take at least a few minutes today, in the midst of the busyness of life, to have some Quiet Time with God. You will not regret it. Thanks for reading! I’m going to go take a walk now and talk to Him, and maybe ask Him about, a few things.
God speaks to us through our desires, then as we lay them at His feet, He helps us sort them out and quiets our hearts to accept what He has already prepared.Rosalind Rinker