It may have been my favorite Valentine’s Day. Not because Bert bought me red tulips and a box of candy that year, but because of the hugs he gave me.
His hugs were extra special – lingering hugs – as if he weren’t in a hurry to let me go. It was clear Bert enjoyed being with me. Since then, we often plan times to spend together, away from distractions and outside demands, making more favorite days.
Even with demanding schedules, couples, families and good friends make the effort to get together. Eagerly. Regularly. Purposely.
What if we had that same attitude regarding the time we spend with God? As I read the New Testament, I notice that even with His busy schedule, Jesus constantly sought out time to spend with His Father. “As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer” (Luke 5:16 MSG).
Jesus didn’t consistently seek time with His Father just so He could check it off His to-do list once the task was completed. Rather, we could easily assume that one of the reasons Jesus made it a priority to go to His Father was because He was fully aware of (and fully valued) His Father’s love for Him.
Similarly, how would it change our own quiet time (the time we set aside to spend with God) if we were fully aware and fully valued how much our Father loves us? Wouldn’t we naturally want to spend regular time with Someone Who loves us perfectly, even when – especially when – we’re anything but perfect?
If we were to know, grasp and truly experience the love of our Father, wouldn’t that cause us to want to linger in His presence? Wouldn’t it change our perspective on quiet times altogether?
What if, during Lent, we were to do whatever necessary to minimize life’s distractions (even if just for short bits of time) so we could visit with our Father? Eagerly. Regularly. Purposely.
I wouldn’t be surprised that as we do this, we will have lots of favorite days as we become more and more captivated by the greatest Love of all.
What about you?
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- Would understanding how much God loved you increase your desire to spend more time with Him?
- Would you consider scheduling time to spend with your Heavenly Father more often with the goal of eventually having a daily quiet time?
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