(Excerpt from our book, Tales from Heritage Farm)
Busyness can keep me running at full steam ahead. The work can be satisfying, but the one thing that I require I do not find there. I have the need for still, restful moments, when my mind can focus on the One who gave me the fine family for whom I work.
The Lord Jesus deserves my devotion 24 hours of every day.
I enjoyed some of those meaningful moments of quiet with Him as I read a portion of the Bible, Hebrews 4:11-16. It began, “Let us, therefore, strive to enter that rest…”
“Oh, Lord, how did You know I long for rest?” I said.
He answered, “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the dividing of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
“Oh, yeah, I forgot.”
It had been too long since I sat still with my Savior and listened to Him, so He went on, “And before Him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
I cringed, “Yes, I know I’ve had so many things to do. You see how life is for me, Lord, don’t you? You know I love You, but I am not too gifted at scheduling things as important as quiet time with You. I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?” I entreated.
“Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus Christ, the Son of God; let us hold fast our confession.” He encouraged. He went on, “For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
My heart burst forth, “Oh, Lord, I am so glad you really understand and that you love me so. I am comforted by your kind and thoughtful words. Why don’t I always come to you first? I want to; I need you so.”
With His love surrounding me, His Word said, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
“Oh, yes, Lord, I need to come to you more often. I always have times of need,” I responded.
Then, “Buzz!” The buzzer rang. The apple juice needed to come out of the canner and I was brought back to the busyness at hand. I had had a time of peace and rest, visiting with my Lord in His “living and active” Word, the Holy Bible.
We were made for God. We function best with exposure to His Word and a personal relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. Take time alone, away from your work, read the Bible, ask for that relationship with Him. He will welcome you with open arms. He loves you dearly.
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