Too Busy For God?
by Marilyn Schnepp
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It was late last night when my tired old bones finally hit the hay. "Did you talk to God today?"my conscience whispered softly in my ear.
"No, not today, I was just too busy", I thought to myself.
"Too busy for God?"This time the voice had a distinct hint of disbelief in its whispered response.
I buried my head in my pillow and rationalized to the wee small voice my excuses; "I had to get the children off to school, run to the Cleaners, get groceries, drop by the Post Office, wash, mend and iron clothes, fix dinner, pay bills, and before I knew it - time had just flown by.
"There's just not enough time in the day", I sighed. "I'm just busy, busy, busy! I'm sure God understands."
"You're right. God DOES understand about being 'BUSY'; if you don't believe me, then get up and read the book of Job, chapter 38 through 40, and you'll find out what BUSY really means! The unbelievable work load that God faces every 24/7 will make your idea of "Busy" look like loafing!
"Nag, nag, nag! Okay! Okay! So if you won't let me sleep, I'll get up and read your little scripture...and THEN perhaps you'll let me sleep in peace!"
I turned on the light, reached for my Bible on the nightstand and opened it up to Job 38... and began to read.
I was absolutely Spellbound!
Did you know that God keeps the oceans at bay on planet Earth; making sure that the tides have fixed limits to ensure that the ocean waves halt at the shoreline?
He gives orders every morning for the dawn to appear and every evening He reverses the process to ensure the moon, planets and each and every star are in place in the midnight sky.
He journeys to the springs of the sea, walks in the recesses of the deep and watches over the vast expanses of space.
He checks on the storehouses of snow and hail, disperses lightning, east and south winds, darkness and cloud cover, and cuts channels for the rain.
He fathers the drops of dew, the frost and the ice. Satisfies the grassland and the desolate desert with sprouts of grass.
He binds the beautiful Pleiades and loosens the cords of Orion; brings forth the constellations in their proper seasons and holds the universe to the laws of space.
He fills the clouds with water, then tips them over when the earth is parched and dry. Hunts the prey for the lioness to feed her cubs. Provides food for the raven and its young. Counts off the months till the doe bears her fawn...then shows the fawn to its dinner plate.
He gives the horse his strength, the hawk his ability to fly, and teaches each and every bird how, when and where to build their nest...and when to fly south.
He Remembers to put His rainbow in the sky after a storm, turns the leaves to gold in the autumn, covers the earth in a blanket of snow in winter and brings the buds to blossom in the spring.
It is plain to see that God KNOWS what 'being busy" IS! And that is only part of His daily duties. Every living thing on planet Earth relies on Him for existence and survival 24/7! He even knows each time a sparrow falls.
Just think! He juggles worlds, places limits on the tide, feeds his furry, feathered and finned creatures daily, and yet... He still has time for you and me! Amazing!
Yes, my friend, God KNOWS what Busy is! But He's NEVER too busy for us. He always answers our Knee-Mail. If he is concerned when a sparrow falls, you KNOW He's concerned when we don't call.
Just whisper a prayer in the morning, noon or night...and let Him hear from you. Being "too busy" is no excuse! Call Him! Talk to Him today. Believe me, your day will be much easier, less hectic, and much more fulfilling. I know mine was!
Last night I listened to that wee little voice and today....Guess what? Today I started my day with God and my day was a breeze, like a piece of cake. Tonight, as I lay me down to sleep, I will be chalking up my Z's in peaceful slumber, while God will STILL be Busy....watching over His little world that stumbled and lost its way.
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I liked this piece. You have done well to convey the necessity to include God in our day - and not just include - but put Him first. As a friend said to me, "in the morning, I say the Lord's prayer and I don't say AMEN until I go to bed at night." I thought that was a great way to think about the day - in constant communion with the Father. Be blessed! G.
This is a very readable devotional-study from Job. And, you did a great job making application to everyday life. You certainly have a God-given gift, and the drive to keep on writing! Thanks, friend!
I've said it before--I need to study more of the Old Testament. I did not know specifically the things you spelled out in your article, but now I do. I had the general idea, but, wow! I am not going (Or I'm gonna try) to keep saying I am too busy. If I am that busy, I need to slow down a little anyway. What a great blessing this article was! Thanks!