"Too Busy" for God's Word?

I was wrestling a toddler while waiting in the hallway of the church for my other three children to get out of their classes. I was a young, overwhelmed, and lonely pastor's wife.

When we aren't pursuing communion with God in prayer and reading His Word, we are in essence saying that our flesh isn't really all that weak.

A dear older woman whom I had recently met and who I felt an instant connection with had begun reaching out to me. She had about twenty years on me. As we chatted over the noise, she asked how my devotional and prayer time was going. I knew the answer was far from impressive, and I rattled off something about being in a very busy season of life and how caring for my children had my days completely full. I half-heartedly added that I knew God was patient with me during this busy season. If I noticed a hint of something pass through her eyes, I misinterpreted it for sympathy. As the classroom doors flew open, children flooded out and there ended our short conversation.

She laid a side hug on me, and said she would pray for me. I instinctively knew she meant it.

A few days later she called me on the phone. After a bit of small talk, she mentioned I had made a remark that concerned her.

"The other night I asked you about your time alone with the Lord."

"Yes," I said. I wondered where this was leading.

"You mentioned that it was lacking, but that you were in a season of extreme busyness."

"Yesss . . ." I agreed.

"I believe you may have adopted a false idea."

She didn't wait for me to agree, and I sensed this was a hard conversation for her. But she continued.

"There is never an excuse for neglecting your time in prayer, reading of the Word, and personal worship of God. You may not have time for intense academic study, but just as you make time to nourish yourself with physical food, you must take time to nourish your soul as well."

I was speechless. And my pride made me embarrassed.

But I listened and had to agree. I had adopted false ideas from the steady diet of motherhood books I had been reading. And what a precious gift God had given me in this older woman, who loved me enough to open my eyes to it.

Unending Obstacles

It's true there are times of extra-busyness, especially for moms of young children. But when we aren't pursuing communion with God in prayer and reading His Word, we are in essence saying that our flesh isn't really all that weak, our adversary isn't all that strong, and God isn't all that essential.

There will always be obstacles to our time with the Lord.

There will always be obstacles to our time with the Lord. Today it might be babies, toddlers, and teens. But tomorrow it could be grandchildren, aging parents, or your own failing health. Even with a house full of children, it's my own laziness of mind and lack of concentration that are my greatest obstacles to time spent in the Word. And I suspect those hindrances will always be present, even long after the children grow up.

Abide in Him

Jesus was busy and yet He made time to commune with His Father (Mark 1:35). Yes, He was God, but He was also a man, tempted just as we are. Unlike Jesus, I often try to live this life in my own energy, forgetting just how needy I am. Then I become joyless, easily annoyed, weak, and weary. Rather than a calm and gracious spirit, I begin to resent rather than welcome the people He has given me to serve and those moments where I am called to minister.

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:4–5).

Jesus knew it was essential that He stay connected to His Father. How much more should we remember this same truth?

Jesus knew it was essential that He stay connected to His Father. How much more should we remember this same truth? We can do nothing apart from Him. He is our source of power, joy, strength, and fruitfulness. Our time alone with Him is not something we can do without or something that can be tacked on to an overcrowded schedule. It is our lifeline. It is where we find true rest and joy.

Are you taking nourishment from the Word of God? What have you found to be the greatest obstacles to your time alone with Him?

Did you discover God’s Truth today?

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About the Author

Bambi Moore

Bambi Moore

Bambi is a sinner saved by grace, a pastor's wife, and a mom to ten children aged one to twenty-one. She lives in Texas where she drinks lots of coffee, reads books, makes a home, and changes diapers for the glory of God.

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