Are you busy?
I know, such a silly question to ask because who isn’t busy these days?
As a kid, I don’t remember time going so quickly. Perhaps I was too busy playing and enjoying my childhood (pun intended!) instead of worrying about being a good wife/mom/friend, keeping the house clean, paying bills, folding laundry, preparing meals, or getting to the gym for a workout. Ironically, it seems my priorities were more in tune to God’s will as a child than they are now in adulthood. Hmm.
But, thankfully, Jesus understands the ‘busy culture’ in which I live and offers something incredible.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” ~ John 4:31-35 (New American Standard Version)
While the disciples were worried about Jesus’s physical body and whether or not he ate, Jesus was interested in the kind of food only his Heavenly Father could provide.
Jesus did not get consumed by to-do lists, Post-It note reminders on the fridge, or his next meal … and He doesn’t want me to get consumed by these things either.
Since January, a particular pattern has formed in my late-night routine. After Kamden and Husband have gone to bed and the noises of toddlerhood and adult life have quietened, I tuck myself away from distractions and into the guest bedroom where I have a desk, reading lamp, and high-back chair. Some nights, I read my Bible or devotional book. Other nights, I write or illustrate in my Journaling Bible. There are even nights where I simply sit and soak in the awesomeness of God’s presence through prayer or soft music.
I need this quiet time. I need something that food or busyness cannot provide: an authentic relationship with the Lord.
Jesus defined his food as doing the will of God and accomplishing His work. Though his response was confusing to the disciples, Jesus offers a strong lesson to them (and me):
God does not want to be just something else in my life, He wants to be my everything.