Today’s women are BUSY people. Now, I will accept full blame for some of my own busy-ness. I know I am prone to create work for myself where none needs to be. However, I am an Army wife who just moved to a new post with two young boys, is starting her own business while committed to a weekly bible study group, almost daily workouts and a blog that is not at all what it started out to be. Almost everybody I know has a similar story and I would venture to say that most of us could name a hand full of things we wish we had more time for. We are urged to make time for things that are important like exercise, relaxing, cooking healthy meals, date nights, reading to our children…. The list goes on and on.
Tuesdays tend to be rather over-scheduled days, but I have figured out how to cram in a high-intensity short-duration work out, so I don’t have to sacrifice all the other things I need (or want) to do on those days. Wednesdays aren’t usually as bad, but this morning, while my youngest was at pre-school for three precious hours, I was preparing for the lunch playdate I had planned. I was about to give up on my work out, telling myself I just didn’t have time. I had been planning to go for a 4+ mile run, but if I wanted to shower before my new friend came over, that was out of the question. I finally drug myself out the door for a short run. I started off sulking a bit, thinking that if I couldn’t go the distance it was just a waste of time. But then it occurred to me that some exercise was certainly better than none. Isn’t that what the doctors would say? There are so many articles out there that talk about how to sneak in exercise throughout the day to reap health benefits. Take the stairs, park in a far corner of the parking lot, just walk for 20 minutes a day most days of the week.
How many of us avoid prayer because we just don’t think we have time? I am no doctor or pastor, but I’m here to tell you the same principle, that some is better than none, must be true of prayer. Who among us doesn’t have just a few minutes while waiting at the bus stop, or in line at the grocery store, or even at a red light? Perhaps you could even close the bathroom door and linger for a few precious moments after your business is done. Some prayer is better than none. Even if all you can think to say is, “Hey God, it’s me. I know we haven’t talked in a while and I’m sorry I’ve made myself too busy for You. I just want to say thank You for helping me get out of bed today.” I say Fit It In! There is no such thing as a wasted prayer, no matter how short it may be.
If you need some more encouragement, look to the verse I meditate on each Monday, Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me and I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” If that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is! Can you say that you aren’t the slightest bit curious as to what “great and mighty things” the God who created heaven and earth might show you?
Just like exercise, sometimes the first step is the hardest in energizing your prayer life. I have noticed that similarly to the way my body craves a good work out, my soul longs for time with the Lord each day. So, I say again, FIT IT IN! Even if all you can do before your head hits the pillow tonight is ask God to help you make time for prayer tomorrow and you trust that He will, you will be opening yourself up to all those “great and mighty things” He wants to show you. Perhaps, He will show you, as He has me, what I like to call “God Time”.