Its 4:00pm and I haven’t talked to the Lord today. I was going to take some time in between classes to sit with my journal, but I got side tracked. I’m planning on spending some time with Him before I go to bed, but if I'm being honest with myself, that probably won't happen.
It’s been a busy day, I've had class, homework, talked to my mom, and caught up with my friends. Now it’s the afternoon and my minds a blur... It’s a familiar feeling though. It’s the feeling when you run around all day, talk to a million people, and focus on anything else but the presence of the living God.
Isn't it funny how easily our minds can get side tracked? For me, it’s that feeling of loneliness that made me call my mom, it’s the feeling of defeat when I sat in class and worried about my future, or it’s the feeling of not being loved that made me text my boyfriend. All these feelings and distractions came upon me today and I sought out anybody and anything but Christ. Now at 4:00pm, my minds a blur. I am exhausted, I’m anxious, and I’m totally off track.
“Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.”
John 16:24 AMP
The past couple weeks I have been trying to depict what exactly it looks like to Delight in the Lord. I know the right answer. Delighting in the Lord means going to Him in joy. We delight in Him when we allow Him to fill us up with His presence and then we get to spend the rest of our day with His overflow of love. But, clearly, I haven’t put that into practice in quite some time.
Yet, I still know the right answer. I know this because I have experienced it before. There have been moments in my life when I would put aside anything to spend time with my Father, there have been moments in my life where I am so captivated by Him that He's all I want, and there have been moments when I see and hear Him in my everyday.
I know Him, I know He answers prayers, I know He wants to pour His love upon me, and I know He is waiting. He is waiting just for me, just for me to turn my eyes to Him, just for me to open up His word so He can open up my heart...He is waiting.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”
Lamentations 3:25 NIV
I have to give up. Give up my schedule, maybe some sleep, maybe time with my boyfriend, maybe a dinner with my friends, and give Him my time.
I have to focus, focus on Jesus. When I sit with my bible and journal open I have to be present on what I am doing, focus on His word and let Him speak to me through my journal, so then I might hear His voice and not all the voices of this world that creep into my head.
I have to do it. I know that if I want to lead, if I want to make a difference, if I want to live life to the fullest, I must spend time with Jesus.
Once I do this I see everything in a different light, in the light of Christ. When I go to school and sit in class, I will take delight, when I have a million things to do I will do them with delight, when I am anxious about my future I will look for delight, when I am spending time with my friends I will share delight, and when I haven’t talked to Jesus today I will go to Him in delight.
So I encourage you, as I encourage myself, Delight in the Lord this week. Find you joy in Him, find your courage in Him, find your dreams in Him, just simply find Him.
So do it with Delight. Do it with Christ.