Our family is blessed to have a Shih Tzu puppy named LadyBug. I’ve learned that Shih Tzu’s tend to be very loyal, trusting dogs that want to please, but unfortunately they don’t come with an understanding of the English language.
LadyBug will play in the floor and entertain herself with toys, but sometimes when I get down to play with her or scratch her ears, she will suddenly get concerned with playing with her toy, rather than playing with me.
I’ll call her and say “LadyBug, come here!” and instead of coming to me, she’ll snap her head around to look for a toy. She’ll chew the toy, wag her tail, and then look up at me …and she will eventually bring the toy over to me. What I found myself saying to her one day was, “I don’t want the toy, I want you.”
Do you ever do that with God? I know that I do it sometimes when I get so caught up in things like “my ministry work,” “spending time with family,” “investing in young leaders,” or even “being a good husband.” I’ll spend time on everything in life/ministry/work because I know these are good things, but God still calls for that simple time, with nothing else going on, to just spend time with me. It is as if he says, “I don’t want the toy, I want you.”
He calls out for that same time with you, too.
When do you make this time in your day, how do you carve out quiet time with the Lord in the middle of balancing your life, your family, and your work responsibilities?