Even in the past twenty-four hours, as I have been fasting from food and water, I have not taken everything away. But I have come to see that when TV is no longer and option, when working out is no longer and option, when food and water are longer an option and we simply sit, read, worship, pray, and repeat that cycle over and over, God becomes everything.
In that posture, we begin to enter His presence, we begin to catch a glimpse of the potential that a relationship with God has, the potential for communication, for intimacy, for community, for growth.
Often times in our lives, ‘leaving time out for God,’ really means, ‘leaving time out for God, and my phone, and a break for my favorite tv show, and eating, and showering, and checking that email, only for a few minutes’.
When was the last time you really set aside time, even an hour, to get to know, and be known by your Creator just a little bit deeper. We all have time to do this, no matter who you are. For college students, this winter break is a prime time to do that. But even if your schedule is more busy; say you are a parent of young children(who I think are probably the busiest people in the world), why not, instead of getting a babysitter so you can go to the movies, get a babysitter so you can have a retreat with the Lord. It ends up costing less money, and the benefits are much more rewarding.
Whoever you are and whatever your situation I cannot encourage you more, do not wait for the year to get in full swing, because if you’re like me, you will forget about it, and let the opportunity slip by. Schedule sometime in the next week to be alone with God….really. As followers of Christ, there is no other activity that can benefit us more.