When I run into someone at the grocery store, or at a gathering, and ask the usual question, “How are you?” the typical answer I get is “Busy.” Everyone is “busy” these days. Somehow, all our time-saving devices have lost their effectiveness, and we have added them to the list of things to which we have become slaves.
Sometimes I wish I lived back in America’s pioneer days, back in the days where one had time to sit and knit before a warm winter fireplace, with family all around cracking nuts or reading books – and having time to simply “be” with each other.
Alas, those days are gone . . . forever? And with all our methods of communication, we have lost the unhurried face-to-face time that would allow us to talk and listen, to understand and be understood, to soak in the joy of “being with” someone.
Not only do we as adults feel the impact of this breakneck speed of life, but so do children. While I came home from school and played in the creek, swung on backyard swings, rode my bike down our country road, or climbed a tree book-in-hand, my niece and nephew a generation later were hurriedly shuttled from ball game to swimming, to gymnastics, to music lessons, with barely any time in the evenings to breathe.
This means, of course, that parents are rushed. Evenings are rushed. Time to simply sit and “be” with each other is often nonexistent. And kids grow up thinking this is the way life and relationships are.
Even worse, because you as a human get your initial concept of God from the adults in your early life, you may have grown up believing, either consciously or unconsciously, that God is like your parents – too busy for you. Too busy to listen, too busy to help, too busy to pay attention to you, definitely too busy to simply enjoy being with you. And because He does such important things like holding up worlds, creating galaxies, and keeping the universe moving in sync, even if He had time, you would be way down on His list of things-to-do. But you’re not!
God is never too busy for you! You are His special beloved treasure! He tells you, “I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (Matt 28:18). That’s a personal promise. This means that every time you talk with Him, He hears. When you cry, He hurts with you. When you rejoice, He rejoices with you. In fact, He even wants to simply “be” with you, just enjoying spending time with you. Unlike human parents, there will never come a time when God says, “Come back and talk to Me later – I’m too busy right now.”
You are never alone in life! There is Someone who takes every step with you — Someone who even enjoys just “being” with you!
Please leave a comment below and share how knowing this about God impacts, or can impact, your daily life.