It's 6:20 am, and for whatever reason, my house is still quiet. I've had the luxury of being up since 5:15 by myself, drinking coffee, writing in my journal, reading in my Bible, looking through old blog posts, and praying.
The scripture that comes to mind is Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." I have desired to hang out with Him for some uninterrupted quality time.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I've gotten lazy in the last little while. It comes and goes, my desire to spend quality time with the Lord. I do good for a while then decide I will probably be ok to coast for a bit. It's not a conscious decision; I just forget that, like manna, we are to fill up every day.
I hear lots of "Yeah, but's" out there, even from myself, but I'm reminded of something Oswald Chambers said: The minute you start rationalizing and justifying your choice, you already know you are wrong.
Yes, I am still worshiping God and honoring Him when I choose to snuggle my son while we watch Arthur at 6:00am.
Yes, I can still make the right choices as I go throughout my day even if I haven't spent time in His presence.
Yes, His goodness is not dependent upon me.
But the straight up truth is that when I don't spend time, purposeful communion with Him, the relationship gets stale. Kind of like being married but not investing any actual time with one another. Just hanging in the same place. You stop noticing what you loved about them in the first place and miss the little things they do to show their love to you. Same thing happens with God. We need to nurture the relationship.
I was thinking about my memory verse and the first line is "Therefore, prepare your minds for action." We prepare for action by getting in shape. I think the best thing any of us can be doing to prepare our minds for action is spending time in fellowship with God. Every day.