“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35).
Although we have looked at this verse in a recent edition of the Weekly Words, I want to revisit it because it strikes at the root of a big challenge for us. The challenge is finding time to really focus on our relationship with God.
Our lives today are so full and busy that I fear we are becoming increasingly shallow in even the most important relationships. For example, now that we have phone, messaging, email, and internet capability continuously in our hands, we are running the risk of being continually distracted from the people around us. And with television, radio, personal MP3 players, and a host of other things the flow of interruption/distraction never stops even when we are alone. Those quiet moments for gathering our thoughts are disappearing. What will become of our relationship with the Lord if we never take time out to think, pray, and listen to his voice in the scripture?
Of course there is nothing new under the sun. Jesus did not have all these same distractions, but he still never had a moment without someone vying for his attention. This is why I want to return to this passage in Mark Chapter 1. Notice how Jesus took intentional steps to get away and have quiet time with his Father. He got up early and he went off alone to a secret place. He took decisive action so that he could protect his most important relationship. We would be wise to do the same. Is there some intentional, decisive step that you need to take to spend some time with God?