31 May, 2006

"Come Sit With Me Awhile"

Ever find yourself so busy that you seemingly cannot find time for God? No, that is not a trick question. It is amazing to me how it is so easy to get so busy, even busy doing "the things of God" that we don't have time to be alone with God. Today, I realize that I have been there recently. Especially in light of the attacks upon my church and upon myself over recent weeks, I found myself trying to "put out fires" and to keep everyone happy, and I have been wearing myself out physically, emotionally and spiritually. Then there is grass to be cut, scenery to be built for kids church, sermons to prepare, people to call, prepare for camp meeting and the list goes on and on and on...

Then this morning, I found myself humming a little tune. For awhile I did not even realize what the music was that I was humming, which in itself started to annoy me because I wanted to know what it was. Then it hit me.
Back in March while at the Crossing Over Conference in Georgia, a woman sang this song. The words go something like this:
Come and sit with me awhile
Come and sit with me
Just to be with me awhile
Come and be with me

And it hit me.

God was calling out to me to come spend some time with Him.
At first I started in with my list of excuses:
"But Lord, I have to mow the grass...
I have to go see so and so.
I need to get this new set started.
I need..."

Then I thought, "Why am I doing this stuff anyway?"
Is it more important that the grass is cut or that I spend time with the Lord?
Is it more important that everyone in the church is happy with me... or that I please the Lord?

I choose the Lord.

How about you?


Deborha's Palm Tree said...

I choose the Lord! You are not going to believe this! I was on the phone with a friend who is always "on-the-go", and we were talking about feeling so irritated and frustrated...I just got done telling her that sometimes we have to "Be still and know that HE is God." That it bothers me when I am trying to talk to someone and they won't stop what they are doing for five minutes so that we can have a conversation. I feel like what I have to say is not important, or that they are much too busy to care. Well, God must feel the same way.

Again, Pastor, I have to say Thanx!

michigan preacher said...
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michigan preacher said...

I messed up that last post. This reminds me of a little story from Luke 10:38-42

I hope this link works!

Darrell said...

Here's what Jeff is trying to link to:
Mary and Martha are Contrasted
38Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
39And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.
40But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
41And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
42But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."

Good point Jeff

Sean McKee said...

I love the this quote by Martin Luther:

"I have so much to do (today) that I should spend the first three hours in prayer."

Think of that quote in the light of this verse:
"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Prov 3:6

It seems to me that if we spent more time "acknowledging" God by giving Him the "first fruits" of our day, that He will make the rest of our day go "right". It's like the guy that works all day Sunday to catch up instead of going to church. Seems like when that happens that you never get done, thing break, go wrong, and you do not make any progress that day and through the week.

Sylvia said...

Boy do I feel guilty for missing church last night.I need to put God first.Sorry God I will try to do better.

Amy said...

sylvia, I here ya , but i didnt miss on purpose my mom had a situation come up and she couldnt take me so... amyway , sometimes i am very convicted on this subject , sometimes i let my want get in the way of what i need to do as in reading my bible and doing family devotions!! but i am getting better!!