Do you have a place of your own?
I’m not talking about having a house or apartment. I mean, do you have somewhere set aside where you go to be alone, a place where you can shut out the world and hear God’s voice? A quiet place where you look forward to meeting God and where God is invited in to meet you?
It’s easy to slip into only meeting God at church on Sundays. But to really grow and get to know Him, we need to set aside a time and place of our own for the time in between — a place where we can be intentional about meeting up with God as a part of our day to day life.
Maybe it is a corner of your home where you can shut the door, light a candle and pray?
Maybe you have a special chair, a comfy blanket, a Bible and a stack of devotional books on a table designating that is your place?
Or maybe you go to a local coffee shop filled with the hustle and bustle of voices, but you tune them out when you begin to sip your coffee in the corner booth, open your Bible study and begin to read God’s word?
Perhaps you and God hang out on the way to work every morning, in your car. That’s awesome, God looks forward to that time with you and He’ll be there waiting!
You know that feeling when you make plans with someone and are excited about it, but they don’t show up or even remember to call and reschedule? Yeah. I think God knows that feeling too. Gulp.
I remember a season of life where I was really down and felt discouraged. I needed to connect with God and sense His presence. But where was He among all the distractions? I couldn’t find Him because I let everything else get in the way. So, one morning I quietly went out into my yard by myself and started a garden. You know what? God met me there. I had set everything else aside to be alone and make time to hear from Him. Now I see gardens as a very special place for meeting up with God.
It really doesn’t matter where your “place” is. The important thing is that we are deliberate in our intent to meet Him somewhere regularly. We need to create that time and space that is convenient and a part of our daily life. The beach is a great place to meet God but if it takes you hours to get there, you might want to find somewhere within walking distance so you can meet Him daily. And then once you have that place set aside, don’t forget Him or get distracted by the things of the world. He’s out there waiting, wondering if we will show up and invite Him in.
A day in this world is a loud, busy and distracting experience for me, so I love creating a place of my own — where the rest of the world can be tuned out and I can connect with Him. I’ve often been the worst offender of putting Him off while I attend to other pressing matters. But when I remember that place — the place I’ve already set aside for Him, and I picture Him waiting there for me, I am aware of how little everything else matters. I can’t wait to meet up with Him there!
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