Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A little breathing room, please

Have you ever thought of God as "giving you breathing room"?  I never really thought of it this way, but our devotional times are kind of "breathing room".  The time we take to settle ourselves long enough to reflect on God's word and then to begin to allow it to impact us is also providing us with some "breathing room" from the hub-bub of everyday life.  


3-5 You've always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all, a lifetime pass to your safe-house, an open invitation as your guest.  You've always taken me seriously, God, made me welcome among those who know and love you. (Psalm 61:3-5 The Message)


For some time in my life, I looked as my devotional times as "required".  It was taught to me as a "baby Christian" - take time each day to get "quiet" with God.  In those moments, I was to pray, read the Word, and if possible, get something out of the time!  Allegedly - as was reported to me as a new believer - we needed this time or we'd never grow in Christ.  


Now, don't get me wrong - we DO need this time.  Yet, if it is time which we see as "required", we seldom will enjoy it.  It is like eating vegetables when all we want is a candy bar!  We have to see the value in it before we actually begin to enjoy it!  Now, come at this from a different perspective.  If we approach this as David did all those years ago, maybe we will see devotion time a little differently.


He clearly saw it as a time to "escape" the rigors of daily life.  A place to get away from it all.  In fact, he refers to his time with God as a "safe-house".  I don't know about you, but with the way my days go sometime, I need a "safe-house"!  What is the purpose of a "safe-house"?  Doesn't it give the individual nestled inside just a little extra "breathing room" and a chance to "regroup" on life?  If we began to see our devotionals as a time of "catching our breath" a little, I wonder what might come out of those times?


It won't be a long blog today.  I hoped to plant a seed thought about gaining a new perspective on your daily time with God.  Let God give you some "breathing room" today.  Look at what David says next:  "You've always taken me seriously, God, made me welcome among those who know and love you."  God is ready to give you more than "breathing room" -  he is ready to give you "breath" for the journey!