It can be difficult to spend time with those we love – even though we want to. There are so many obligations (and why do they seem to grow exponentially?). There are things we have put off. There is the list of things that will fall apart if we don’t get to them soon. There is always something to do. And somewhere in there, we are to make time for ourselves, exercise and rest. In the middle of raising kids and working, couples can easily lose sight of spending time together. It is easy to do.
Last night, Wendy was getting prepared to cook dinner. What she had planned wasn’t going to work out (rotten potatoes can be a problem if they are a feature in your dish – just sayin’). She was trying to decide what to do next when I suggested we just go pick something up. In the times of social distancing and all, neither of us wanted to go out to eat (it could also be we were in our ‘Saturday’ clothes and who really wants to get out of those?). What to do? She called in an order from one of our favorite restaurants and we went together to pick it up. We brought it back home and ate it at our own table – in our Saturday clothes. And it was good. Actually, it was better than good. We spent time together in the car and had a chance to eat together. To top it off, Leo got to be part of our date night – which always makes him happy. It was a different way of spending time together, but one I really enjoyed.
It made me wonder if we are just not considering how I can spend time with God that is outside of our normal thinking. When I get up, I am mostly full blast until I lay my head back on my pillow. God is a priority for me. I certainly haven’t forgotten him. He is a part of my decisions and a guide in my life (and sometimes I listen to him). I will often talk to him on my morning run/walks. By the way, if you see me walking down the road talking to myself, keep your opinions to yourself – I may be talking to God or I actually might be talking to myself. I talk with God on my morning commute. I try to hear him in the quiet moments before the day becomes hectic. And though I often miss his voice in the chaos, I really do want to hear him. So I am seeking even more ways to spend time with God throughout my day. Date nights with Wendy that includes Leo and more time with God – sounds like a good combination to me.
May you find God in your daily walk – and may he remind you how much you are loved.
7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and make melody.
8 Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.
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