I think we can all think of a time when we were lost, or accidentally separated from our group. I can remember the last time that I got lost from my mom as a kid. I loved to go to the toy section or the shoe section when I was a kid. I would often wander off and my mom would come and call out to me and I would come back to her. I guess you cold say she was constantly chasing after me. One Saturday afternoon we were shopping in a store called K-mart, and I was running through the clothing racks playing with my little sister. Now as you might have already guessed, my mom kept telling me to stop playing in the clothes and stay close to her. What I didn’t know was that she had decided that this was the perfect time to teach me a lesson I would never forget.
My mom said that instead of calling me out of the clothing racks and putting me in the shopping kart she walked around the corner, out of my sight. Now she decided to wait there for me to pop out and notice that she wasn’t right there. I bet you know what happened next, I emerged from the clothes and I saw no one there. I looked around and I didn’t see my mom or my sister. My mother had taught me what to do if I ever got lost from her, so I walked up to customer service and gave them the name of my mom and dad and they quickly paged them. In a few short minutes I was reunited with my family and all was well again. However, I remember feeling really scared and panicky, I called out for her and she didn’t answer me. I remember actually running to my Dad when I saw him coming, I was so happy to be back with my family! I don’t remember getting in trouble or anything like that, but I do remember my mom hugging me and saying something like, “now do you understand why it’s important to stay with me?”
For me, it was clear that I never wanted to get lost or separated from my mom again. The reason I wanted to share that story with you is because this morning I was feeling like I was separated from God the Father. I felt like I was calling out to Him and I couldn’t hear His response. Whenever I start to feel like I can’t hear God’s voice I get scared and I panic. Today I felt like that little girl again, I felt lost and I just wanted to get home to my prayer closet and seek out my Father’s arms.
Honestly, I haven’t been spending as much time reading my word and praying as I should. I have been running and running, doing so much for my husband and my children, and that is very draining. Being a wife and a parent are both things that I can’t do well without the help of my God. I find that when I make time to spend alone with God I feel more grounded, more in control of my day. I feel like I have someone to lean on when my load gets to heavy to carry. I feel like I have the most powerful advocate on my side, working just for me non-stop. Yet, I still forget how important it is for me to come to Him, daily. I still have periods in my life when I get too busy with the small stuff and I become just like Martha.(Lk.10:38-42 kjv)
If you’re not familiar with that passage, here’s the gist of it; Jesus comes to the home of Martha. Naturally he brought his entourage with him. Martha was the only one running around making sure everyone was comfortable and had everything that they might need. Martha was not only being the perfect little hostess, but she was also doing all the cooking and cleaning too, it was simply to much for her to handle by herself! However, when she looked around expecting to get some help from her sister, Mary was in there at the feet of Jesus having bible study! Martha was not cool with that, she went to Jesus and tried to get him to make her sister help her and he makes a powerful statement to her in verses 41 and 42, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42. But one thing is needful: and Mary hath Chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
That’s the part that I identify with the most, Martha’s worrying and being troubled by many things. The funny part is not only do those cares pale in comparison to Jesus, but they can all be taken away. So many of the things that are weighing me down, are just temporary problems, here today and gone tomorrow. I want to be more like Mary, I want to chose the good part. I want to chose to spend time with God, worshipping him and reading his Word. I feel so much better when I spend time in my prayer closet because I really believe that spending time with God in prayer is a way for me to build intimacy. It’s like in a marriage, you need to spend private alone time with your husband. You need to talk to one another, and speak each other’s love language because intimacy is a two way street.
I hope that you hear my heart as you’re reading this, spending time in His presence allowing God to recharge your battery is the key to relieving stress. I’m still figuring out how to be an adult and how to actually live for Christ. I want so badly to be independent, but the truth is I need God! I function so much better when I allow myself to depend on him fully, and spend enough time each day building my relationship with God. It’s so easy to only come to God when there’s something wrong and we feel lost, but let’s practice seeking Him when everything is fine.
Okay, ladies I know it can be hard to admit that we sometimes forget about spending time with God, but I want to hear about what you do when you feel lost. Do you get messages, or have a girls night out? What kinds of things do yo get overwhelmed about? Are you ladies like me and notice that your days go much smoother if you start them out with prayer or Bible reading? Let me know in the comments!