Our Bible verse for today: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “If you love God, spend time with Him.”
A relationship only becomes and stays healthy if both parties in the relationship spend the time necessary for it to be so. A new relationship will only grow if the individuals spend time together. Likewise, an established relationship must be nurtured or it will wither and die.
The only way to nurture a relationship, a new one or an old one, is to give it time and attention. That’s true whether we’re talking about a relationship between a husband and wife, or between a parent and a child, or between friends; and it’s also true of your relationship with God. If you don’t give it time and attention, it will wither and die.
Time and attention to nurture a relationship doesn’t necessarily have to include activities, and it might not even involve talking. It could consist of nothing more than just being together and enjoying the fact that the other person is with you. My wife and I can ride in the car together for hours without talking much, and we’re both okay with that. We just enjoy being together. (Seriously, after forty-four years as a couple we’ve pretty much already said most of what can be said anyway, lol.)
When my children were young there were plenty of times when one of them would climb up onto the couch, snuggle up next to me, and just sit there – not saying anything, just snuggling. Those are some of my fondest memories as a father.
Our relationship with God can be like that too. We don’t have to always be jabbering away at Him in prayer. And we don’t have to always be listening to Him talk back to us through the Bible. It’s okay to sometimes just sit with Him, think about Him, and enjoy His presence, without saying much of anything. In our church we have a beautiful stained-glass window in the front of the sanctuary. It depicts Jesus with His arms wide-open in an inviting gesture, reminding us that He said: “Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Sometimes I’ll sit in the empty darkened sanctuary, with a single light turned on and shining through that stained-glass window, just gazing at it as I relax and enjoy being with God.
Every relationship needs time and attention in order to be healthy. That’s especially true of your relationship with God. If you love God, spend time with Him.