In the ever popular Jesus Calling (by Sarah Young), it reads:
BRING ME THE SACRIFICE of your time: a most precious commodity. In this action-addicted world, few of My children take time to sit quietly in My Presence. But for those who do, blessings flow like streams of living water. I, the One from whom all blessings flow, am also blessed by our time together. This is a deep mystery; do not try to fathom it. Instead, glorify Me by delighting in Me. Enjoy Me now and forever!
I love how Sarah Young phrases these vignettes in Jesus’ point-of-view. Time truly is a precious commodity, and time with Him is too.
A friend and I were commenting recently that the days seem to be flying by! I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is almost here. Before we know it, Christmas and New Years will be on the doorstep, followed swiftly by another new year.
On a walk the other night, Joe and I discussed this very thing. We started talking about these verses in chapter four…
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”
We agreed that this is exactly how each day feels right now. Like morning fog. Here and gone. These verses serve as a reminder to me that only what we do for God will last. Everything else fades to nothing.
I was also reminded to slow down, and to cherish more time spent with loved ones. Yes, there’s always work that needs to be done, and we need to work as though we’re working for the Lord, not for people (Colossians 3:23), but we also need to take “Sabbath time.” Time to refresh our souls, and to cherish family and friends.
I did some of that this weekend with some writing buddies…
With Brandilyn Collins and Sunni Jeffers
With Janet Bly, Gayle Roper, Terri Blackstock, Sunni Jeffers, Brandilyn Collins
With Jill Eileen Smith, Kathleen Fuller, and Maureen Larson
As I “bring Christ the sacrifice of my time” today (however odd that sounds to me, as if time with Him is ever a sacrifice on my part), I’m praying that you, too, will pause to dwell in His presence—to delight in Him—perhaps more consciously than you normally do amidst the hustle and bustle of the coming holiday season.
What’s your favorite way to slow down and be with the Eternal One? A walk? Reading the Word? Prayer? Biking? Baking/cooking for others?
Glad we’re on this journey together,