All of the churches I’ve attended had a mid-week gathering in someone’s home. We would go over a simple bible study, drink coffee, pray, and hang out. One time, while we were meeting, one guy shared a dream he had. He told us he was walking down a hallway when he came to a room with two chairs and a fireplace. The chairs looked comfy and the fire created this perfectly cozy vibe. Jesus was sitting in one chair and the other was empty. Jesus looked at the man expectantly. It was an invitation to sit by the fire with his savior. But, the man took one more look at Jesus and then kept walking down the hallway. He told us he completely understood the dream and felt guilty about his reaction.
How many of us have done the same thing?
I’ve been meeting, praying and counseling people for more than a couple of decades and I can’t tell you how many people have shared the phrase, “I just need to make time for God.”
Well, yes, we do.
We all know ourselves. We can go for weeks and months and be satisfied with “seeing” God during church service. And then we go about our lives with almost zero relationship with the one who created us and adores us. God’s patient with us (obviously!) and it’s not like He’s going to get upset and frustrated when some of us put in the minimal effort to visit with Him.
So how do we fix this?
I was talking to a buddy of mine a while ago about our schedules for the week when he mentioned having an appointment with God. He described it as an important meeting he wouldn’t miss. He explained he grabs a coffee and sits with his bible for a certain amount of time. He said he tries his best to push other appointments around his meeting with God. God had priority. I had never thought about making time for God like this. I think most of us try to squeeze Him in here and there, but mostly He’s got our attention before we eat a meal or when we see trouble coming our way. So should we try to make an appointment with God on a daily basis?
“Do, or do not, there is no try.” –Master Yoda
No, let’s not try, because when we “try” we allow ourselves a way to fail. Instead, let’s “Do”. Let’s set an appointment to meet with God somewhere on our daily calendar. He gave us 24 hours to eat, sleep and get things done. I’m 100% positive we can make a commitment to meet with God during the day.
Let this be your time with a loving, adoring God who made you and can’t wait to sit with you by the fireplace.
“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you.”-Jesus (Rev. 3:20)