Ask a 5 year old what the first book he read was. The answer probably isn't "Crime and Punishment".
Ask Michael Jordan when he became great at basketball. I guarantee you it wasn't after his first youth league game.
All these examples above make sense to us. We know that developing athletic ability takes time, and we would never expect a kindergartener to be able to read Dostoyevsky. I do not think the same holds true for our artistic or spiritual lives though. For some reason, we expect one fifteen minute quiet time with God to set our hearts completely on fire. We demand that our first blog or YouTube video go viral. And when neither of these things happen, we've found another great excuse to stop trying.
Thinking you're going to completely re-connect with God with one quiet time is the same as thinking that going for one run is going to make you a marathoner. Quitting because your first company didn't turn into Google or Goldman Sachs is like a child forsaking reading because he couldn't understand Shakespeare. It takes practice. It takes training.
The artistic journey is just that, a journey.
A relationship with God is just that, a relationship.
Like anything that's worth doing, both require investment and commitment over the long term.
Like anything that's worth doing, both require grace and discipline.
Like anything that's worth doing, neither are required to live, but both are required to feel alive.