It is a daily battle.
The to- do-list is long. The expected and unexpected present itself throughout the day. Important and insignificant issues take our time and our attention. The excuses are real and may even be justified.
Yet at the end of the day, and as you look back at the 16-18 hours you were awake, did you find time for God?
Where did you find God in your fellow humanity? How about in creation, in writings, in song, or in art?
When did you take time to listen and to be silent?
Where did you ask God to take control?
When did you stop, take a deep breath, and offer silent words of gratitude for the gift of life to our God?
We do so much every day, and most of it is relatively important. But none of it is as important as our relationship with God.
If this is our foundation and our source, we are better aware of our lives, our triggers, and our joys. We see others and their complexity with patience and even appreciation. We find our voice to respond to injustice and we heal wounds instead of causing them.
As Scripture reminds us, “if we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).”
Finding time for God must not be limited to an hour a week, or a repetition of daily prayers. It is a relationship, and this requires work. If we do this, we will soon realize that God lives within us in the depth of our heart and our soul.
Like any other behavior, once we get into the habit of finding this time, we will better understand what the great saints realized and that is that the more time we spend with God, the more we realize how much we need God, and wish to be connected to God.
I pray for you and for me that we can find this time for God as we find time for so many other items that are of less importance.