The hectic lifestyles we lead make it difficult to support healthy relationships. Often, we give everything to our jobs, meetings, churches, volunteering, hobbies, our children’s activities. Being everything to everyone. We arrive home exhausted, just wanting some space and down time, and we’ll do almost anything, to, just for a moment, disconnect. We head for the television, computer, music, exercise, food, alcohol or whatever we use to comfort ourselves.
Doing, becomes a way of life and taking time to sit alone in the quiet with our thoughts, hopes, dreams and fears can be a frightening destination. So, most of us file away the idea of stillness for another day, and go on with life as usual.
Unfortunately, we cheat ourselves from experiencing a wonderful part of our life, and from developing and nourishing the most important relationship of our existence. Knowing God and His heart for us.
God created us to have an intimate relationship with Him. How do you create intimacy with your spouse? By spending time alone together talking, asking questions, learning about what each of you want in life, sharing your hopes, dreams, your dark moments and seeing how that person responds towards you about them. Sometimes you simply sit in the silence, drawing strength from just being together and the love you have for each other. You can’t wait to be together, and making the other person happy is most important.
That’s the same relationship God wants to have with you, and it can only happen by spending time alone with Him in the quiet.
With God, the difference is, He already knows everything about us, and that fact alone can keep us from seeking Him out. His great love for us woos and calls us to His side where He longs to show and tell you what He knows about you, loving us enough to forgive the bad when we ask Him, and share with you how He sees us through Christ Jesus. We are His marvelous creation, each unique and made for a destiny all our own. God wants us to return His love, freely given, freely expressed. He wants us to ask about His heart. What does He want from us, what will He share about Himself with us. It’s a relationship that takes our time and effort because it’s so worth having.
He promises to never leave or forsake us. He waits patiently for us to talk to Him, to share our hearts and shed our tears, tears of joy, tears of pain. Tears He gave us to keep our hearts soft and pliable. When your heart is hard towards a person, there is no intimate relationship. Take time for the quiet everyday. Give God a part of the day we give so much of to others.
Matthew 7:7 tells us if we seek Him we will find Him. Even our seeking is His idea; that’s how much He loves us.