"I don't have enough time to ......" You fill in the blank.
The stuff of life can keep us so busy and wound up, we rarely have time to do what Steven Covey, author of numerous best selling books including "7 Habits of Highly Effective People", calls "Quadrant 2 Activities".
Quadrant 2 activities are those activities which are important but not urgent or pressing. Some of them include planning, prevention and improvement. These are all so important but none of them are critical and each takes thought, energy, and time. But it is time well spent.
Sadly, it is not until life gets uncomfortable and something drastic happens that stops us dead in our tracks that we say "Whoa, wait a minute. Maybe I need to slow down and rethink things" : an illness, a job loss, a breakup. When things get uncomfortable, something is in the process of changing. God may be leading us away from certain activities or people. He is always trying to get our attention onto what really matters. We may resist and rationalize. When God is calling us to something new, it is important to stay with the discomfort, even when it interrupts our busy lives and messes up our agendas. God has the plan. All we need to do is let go and surrender to it.
We don't always understand what God is up to, but he is always up to something and that something is for our good. When the questions whirl thru my mind like the swirling winds of March, my natural instinct is to try to figure out what is going on. We need not fret. God is faithful. All I need to do is to call out to God, "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening", then listen and wait. The answer is always the same.
Come a little closer. Let that go.
Is Jesus calling you to come a little closer this season? Perhaps, like me, you sometimes get too caught up in the busyness of doing that you fail to hear the still soft voice of God.
"Draw near to God and he will draw near to you." (James 4:8).
What is it that God is working on and in you today? What is he calling you to let go of or to embrace? Are you willing to listen? To surrender? To obey?
Close your eyes and to this song by Dierks Bentley. Jesus is saying the same thing to us.
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