I often find myself praying ‘Lord be with me’.
This is my way of telling God, “I need you to keep my family safe, to guide my steps so my efforts are not in vain, to keep me on the right path”.
But as I sat in my car praying this the other morning it occurred to me that maybe I’m not asking for what I really need…
The bible tells us that God is always with us. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 41:10 states, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “
The Lord is near to all who call on Him. This is something I experience in my daily life; I count on the Holy Spirit to help me make decisions, temper my impatience, see the beauty in other imperfect people and for so many other things. But this week I feel so out of step with Him. Where I usually see beauty and blessings, I’m seeing stress and obligations… So, I prayed, “Lord be with me. I need your guidance”.
But as I spoke these words, I realized God is with me and will never walk away. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us He will never leave us or forsake us.
So, what’s really happening here?!
I realize, It’s not God who’s wandered - It’s me! I’m running every which way, distracted by obligations and interests; completely focused on my to-do list to the point that I neglected to put God first. My time with Him has been rushed - I’m going through the motions but my thoughts are on other things. I don’t need to ask God to be with me, I need help staying on track with God!
So, instead I pray “Lord help me to stay focused on You & not become consumed with the busyness of life”.
A relationship with God is like any other relationship. It takes commitment, time and open communication. Too often we see relationships suffer as we fill our days with the busyness of life. Tasks, obligations and other interests fill our time and take our focus. Relationships with our friends, spouses and family can't flourish when we don’t take the time to focus on them. With God, it’s the same way! If you’re feeling out of step with God, take the time and focus to communicate with Him. Put aside your to-do list. (The dishes and tasks can wait!) Open up your bible, pray and take the time to listen to what He has to say. The joy of being in open communication with our God is greater than any check mark on your ‘to-do’ list.