If we can take time out from our busy schedules and noisy days, and dedicate a moment of meeting with God, and make those moments something to look forward to you, you will find that God will meet you on the path. In my conversations with Him, I have found a new way of relationship that has veered me away from the religious liturgy that I have developed over the years.
This blog is not about introducing you to a new form of spirituality. It’s about breaking down structures and concepts and concentrating on your unique relationship with God.
We can sometimes find ourselves focusing too much on being holy, by that I mean concentrating on being a good Christian, and neglect that being ‘called out’ is what we are meant to be. None of us are perfect. Each of us must walk our own path of faith. Each of us must make our own mistakes and ultimately rise from defeat into the freedom and victory Christ has given us. Our faith must reflect, in truth, what it means to be a servant and a freeman.
Through difficult times, the valley of shadows, God is with us always. Every day is a day of grace and mercy. We awake and find ourselves at the beginning of something new. Our day is uncertain. But must know that God has made that day and by His grace we walk in it. We must be thankful and show our gratitude to Him and show Him this by living a life worthy of being called a child God. If we can genuinely pursue this course, whole heartedly and in love with Him, he will reveal to us the knowledge of Himself.
The book of Colossians 1:10 says: We pray that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
Part of the course we follow is interjected by days so significant and special, that if we miss them and fail to understand their importance, we will find ourselves on a trajectory that will miss the mark that is set before us. God gives us His Holy days when the body of Christ as a whole, can meet with Him. These days are joyous and celebratory, and disciples of the Master, Jesus Christ, should understand what they mean for why they have been born for such a time as this.
Each journey begins with a single step. I often say that you cannot steer a stationery vehicle. Our faith therefore should not be static and mindful, but active.
In the busyness of my day, concentrating on ministry work takes up most of it. On the first day of the week, I wake early and go for a quiet walk to meet with my Lord. It’s a part of what I do now. It’s when He and I have our quiet time, you could say. To be honest, I need it.
A few months ago, my life changed. 2020 and the beginning of 2021, saw my working life, specifically, change drastically. The past several years have been personally very stressful. I’ve always been a pretty chilled out person, but this last year has seen the stress just built up. It’s all par for the course, of course. I had to make the decision to bring my regular 9-5, working in care to a defined stop. The events that followed proved my decision correct. I realised that now, more than at any other, would be the time to concentrate on what God has called me to do. I have been in God’s service for nearly twenty five years, and now it was time to seriously put my hand to the plough that he had prepared for me in another field. I had saved enough to get me by, and so I took the time to rest and to finish writing a book which I had promised my grandchildren I would do before this new phase of my life took control. God had given us a new mandate, a new vision and we had to run with it.
The lockdown of this passed year has brought many changes for me and for many others. The activity in trying to get things done, have been protracted and has indeed brought times of frustration and tried my patience greatly. Through all of these times I know that God has been teaching me valuable lessons. I must depend on Him one hundred percent or not at all.
My week is filled generally, with meetings, studies, teachings and fellowshipping, not to mention the amount of time spent writing. In all of this I still have to find time for spending quality and valuable time with my family. How all of this comes together is only by the grace of God.
There are of course, many struggles and difficult periods throughout the week. At times my prayer life can be intense and focused, but most of all, my time with the Lord is spent in general conversation throughout the whole day. Prayer is not taking up a particular attitude or dedicating a specific moment per se, it’s about the whole life given over to the worship of Him and being in constant communication with Him.
In these days, when there is so much turmoil and chaos around us, we need to take the time to stop, physically stop. It is only when we can hear the literal and metaphoric noise around us that we realise how incredibly shocking the lack of it is when we stand in our new found cocoon of silence. In Scripture this is akin to the tent of meeting. In that tent we meet with God. It is a place of uninterrupted peace; a scared space to which only you have the key to its door.
I am fortunate that I can access some quiet acres of farm land around me on the suburbs of my city. If you can’t find somewhere like that to find some early morning peace, to find your own sacred place, then I encourage you to take a drive or a cycle out somewhere and set off early so that you can return early and not have to travel through the building up of the traffic of both the human and metal kind.
Begin the week by giving the week to God. Trust in Him to lead you through every moment of every day. God is not afraid of meeting you where you are. You can’t hide from Him. He knows our thoughts and our words. He sees our needs and hears our cries. Our thoughts need to be shared with Him and He wants to speak and let you know what He thinks. He is my partner and friend and I want His opinion and direction. They are valuable to me, as precious as oxygen.
This blog is about the conversations I have had with Him. His words are not for me but for all of us. I hope they will encourage you as you go along their path.