“We might consider an appointment with a hairdresser to be inviolable, but when God lays claim to our time, we balk.” Squirming yet? Because as I retrace the steps of my past – even to last weekend’s mad-dash to meet the ACC schedule – I am. And the conviction gets worse. “Rather than spend time with God and allow ourselves to bask in His presence and soak up His love,” she says, “we manufacture substitutes – things to do to take the place of simply being with Him.” The specifics are brutal and include offering praise, worshiping through music, doing good works, memorizing Scripture – “all good activities, but unequal to resting quietly before Him.”
The highest value of “being with” Jesus rests firmly in developing a personal relationship with Him. True, it requires time and willingness on our part, but our meager efforts will never touch the time and willingness required on the other side of this relationship. In His life, death and resurrection lies the truth that the Savior gave us fully His “up” time as well as His “down” time. How, then, can we offer Him any less than our own?