One of my dearest friends loves to eat at restaurants. She’ll bring her favorite book and politely ask wait staff if she can “rent the table” for a little longer, when she finishes eating.
When I get the privilege of meeting her for a meal, I can always count on two things. The first is that she will arrive before me. I try to get there on time – I really do; but she knows me well. The second thing that happens, without fail, is that as I round the bend in the restaurant to get to our table, I find her hunched over whatever book she is currently reading, devouring a page. It makes me smile every time.
Her enthusiasm for reading is infectious.
And I can identify. I feel a lot like that whenever I get alone time with my God to read His Words.
Carving out the time in my day to do that is no easy task. And, I’m sure that’s true for many of us. But, it’s also critical. Renee Swope reminds us, in her book, “A Confident Heart”, that we can’t “find” the time to spend with our Jesus. We have to make the time.
And He can help us do that. We need only ask Him to.
Even if we work outside the home and have family responsibilities. Even if we work the night shift, or struggle under the weight of unemployment, or suffer with a long-term illness. Even if we are double-dog tired by days end. Whatever your “even if” situation is, when you ask Jesus to clear the way for more time to spend with Him, I can promise you, He will! He’s just waiting to be asked.
Maybe, that’s why I love spending time with Him. He doesn’t force me to come to Him. He invites me to.
He’s inviting you, too.
Who doesn’t want to accept an invitation like that?
The time that I carve out to spend with God is indeed at a table; but not at a restaurant table. No. My kitchen table serves as the place where I can lay out His Good Word and my pencil and notebook and concordance and notecards and…
It’s a production, you see. I want to be able to look up any word I don’t understand. I need to be able to write any thoughts that He may bring to mind about my current thinking or behaving. His truth needs to be underlined or starred or re-read out loud. Sometimes, I feel the need to re-write some Truth to be placed in a location where I can easily see it again and again.
And I just can’t do that in a restaurant.
But I most certainly can at home. For it is in those precious quiet moments, without distractions that I am able to hear Him speak soothingly to the hurt places and joyfully to the dark places and softly to the hard places.
And that table? It is always a table for two.
Join me over at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Study today. We’re discussing chapter 9 of “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope. And the topic? #WhyWorry I don’t know about you, but I stand to learn much about that! Go be encouraged.