My daughter, Abbey, has discovered the importance of quiet time for her little children. Quiet time happens when they not tired enough for a nap but need some time apart from the normal busyness of the day. It is a settling time, a regrouping time, a pause or interlude, a “Selah” if you will. At three little Nehemiah loves quiet time and values his time alone. Even Jesus was intentional about having quiet time. We read that time and time again he slipped away to spend time alone and with his Heavenly Father.
“But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” (Luke 5:15,16)
“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23) “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35) “So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.” (John 6:15)
We live in a world where we can find ourselves running every minute of the day doing ‘important stuff.’ I am a doer so it’s hard for me to STOP and take a break from the normal busyness of life. I just want to push through and getter done! But when I intentionally take a time out to be with Him even if it’s short and sweet, I feel so much more centered. I have to remind myself that if Jesus needed it, then so do I.
I want to encourage you today to be intentional about your Quiet Time with Him. The space in time you create will allow Him to minister to you and refresh you. Guaranteed!