A struggle that I have always had in my spiritual life is maintaining a consistent devotional time. I will go through a season when I do very well and it is quite easy to keep that appointment with Jesus. And then things get busy and it gets extremely hard. The motivation is small because I feel like I have so much to do around the house. I know my reasoning is terrible and yet I still let it take control. I am sure that most people can testify to times like this. We are very human and the last thing the Enemy wants is for us to have a vibrant relationship with our Savior.
Let me tell you what works for me. A few months ago I was talking to a mentor of mine. She is a spiritual mother to me and a mentor when it comes to being a mom. She has been through the trenches and has come out with the most beautiful relationship with Jesus I’ve ever known. Anyway, my son was really small and I was explaining to her about how hard it was for me to prioritize a devotional time when the laundry is overflowing, the dishes are stinky, and the baby needs to be fed and changed. It is a struggle to just sit and be quiet before the Lord when there is so much to do.
Here is what she said. Imagine Jesus is sitting on your couch and he is waiting for you. He isn’t saying anything. He just looks at you and waits. You keep saying, “One moment, Jesus, let me finish these dishes or the laundry.” And he keeps waiting. He is patient but you know he yearns to spend time with you. After all he is sitting on YOUR couch.
Once you imagine that, it really is hard to put off being with Him. At first, I would purposefully think about Jesus sitting there like it was a discipline. I would stop and spend time with Him. After a few months now and I am being “too busy for Him” an image of Him just pops into my head. Sometimes it almost feels like I can actually see Him sitting there…waiting.
This is not supposed to be a way to make anyone feel guilty. Don’t we already have enough of that anyway? I just know that this really works for me. I don’t ever feel guilty. I just feel Loved and Desired by the Creator of the Universe and my Savior. I think that can make anyone stop and just listen.