I’ve spent a quiet morning gearing up for another busy week. It’s looking to be a week full of really good things- dear friends visiting, time with the church, fellowship over Scripture memory. And it will be busy.
This morning, I needed quiet to focus on the Lord. The Word has a lot to say about today, but it doesn’t really differentiate whether today will be busy or not. There are certain things that must remain staples through every season: hungering for the Lord, awaiting the day of Christ, taking care to encourage, and resist the devil. These are the things that really matter. All the other busyness that fills my days- those are the circumstances God thought were most perfect to help me learn “to live is Christ.”
How will I hunger and thirst for God, in what the psalmist calls a “dry and weary land”? It won’t happen by forgetting about Him through all the busyness. It’s seeking the Lord whole-heartedly again and again that will keep our hunger alive and growing. David Brainerd wrote words we could long to claim as our own: “Of late God has been pleased to keep my soul hungry, almost continually, so that I’ve been filled with a kind of pleasing pain. When I really enjoy God, I feel my desires of Him the more insatiable and my thirsting after holiness more unquenchable.”
My life will not be characterized by “to live is Christ” if I am not mindful of the Lord through the busy days. I pray God will give us hearts that are mindful of God, are open wide to God, are longing for God. That is a heart God will satisfy with His goodness.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” -Colossians 3:1-4