It’s a Date

I remember my first date with my husband; I went out of my way to really look good. I even thought about a list of things to talk about just in case we ran out of things to discuss and that never happened (laughing out loud). But where I’m heading is that everything about that day was intentional. We both desired the gift of marriage and we saw ourselves together. Something long-term was our aim, so we watered our relationship.

It’s exactly the same with our relationship with God. God desires to spend time with you more than you do. He really wants us to be intentional about Him. He longs to have something that is long-lasting. He wants to see our faces when we are sad, smiling, sorrowful, happy, broken and so on. This is the beauty of something that is long-lasting. It’s intentional! This space allows you to be real. It’s full of purpose and expectancy.

In my walk with God, there were many times I felt a pulling to pray or read my bible. And to be honest, it would happen when I least expected and when I didn’t always feel like it. In fact, I was always full of excuses.

One day, I stumbled upon Psalms 27:8, Lord, when you said to me, “Seek my face,” my inner being responded, I’m seeking your face with all my heart”. God showed me what kind of response He was looking for in me, in His children. He desires for us to respond with a YES! Yes, Lord, I will seek you. Yes, Lord, I will pray. God wanted me to be intentional about Him. God really wanted more of my attention. See, I knew that God is our vital necessity. A must-have in life. That’s why I was still giving him my crumbs, my spare time. If I didn’t feel like it, then hey…I had tomorrow. I had become too familiar with him, which is so sad!

God showed me that He wanted to sit at my table. He wanted me to look in His eyes. He wanted me to look forward to meeting with Him. He wanted me to be excited about our date. He wants our relationship to be fresh, new every morning. Jesus the Son of God understood this truth much better than us. “The next morning, Jesus got up long before daylight, left the house while it was dark, and made his way to a secluded place to give himself to prayer” – Mark 1:35.

I know seasons are different. There will be times you will spend an hour with God, 30 and sometimes 10 minutes. I just want to encourage you to continue seeking God even in your packed schedule. Trust me you need an anchor…your anchor can only be God. We live in such trying times, storms come and go. Those few minutes in the word and prayer make a major difference. You will see it and so will the people around you.

In this day and age, the word of God is so readily accessible to us. What a blessing! If you are reading this, it means the chances of you having a bible app on your device are high. Make use of it, listen and read the word at any chance you get. Watch it draw you closer to God; watch it change you to be more and more like Christ.

May your heart experience an outburst of zeal anytime you think about seeking God. And when that passion is not there may the understanding of the need for God drive you to your knees just like Daniel. The bible says that he prayed three times a day, every day. “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God” – Daniel 6:10. May spending time with God become a ‘usual’ just like it was for Daniel. I pray for you. I pray for the mom, the entrepreneur, the teacher, the teller, the artist, the nurse to seek God. I pray that God will restore your relationship with Him. Pick up where you left off! Set a date. `

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