When is the last time you just rested and spent time with Jesus? And I mean, really rested. Not the 5-minute spiel we call devotions, but hours or even days that you set aside specifically to spend only with Him, talking to Him, listening, and reading His Word. How long has it been?
I believe most of us women feel far too guilty about all the work we need to get done, the kids who need our time, the activities we are involved it, to truly slip away and be with Jesus.
If you’ve ever been head-over-heels in love with someone, you will remember that nothing in the world could have stopped you from spending time with this other person. You constantly daydreamed about him, wrote him, called him, went out for ice cream or a movie with him, and just couldn’t ever get enough of him.
In the Bible, we are called Jesus’ bride in several different passages. Jesus is our Bridegroom, He delights in us, is madly in love with us, and wants to spend time with us. He yearns for the closeness that only best of friends experience. He wants to comfort us, laugh with us, dream with us, chat with us. He can’t ever get enough of us.
Jesus also called Himself the Good Shepherd (John 10). According to Psalm 23, He takes such good care of us that we have nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. We can just rest and know that our Good Shepherd is ever-present and trustworthy. He will provide for our needs, even to the point of His own death.
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus invites us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
What is keeping you from spending time with Jesus? Is it chores? Kids? Or maybe laziness or selfishness? Whatever the reason, it’s time get your calendar out and plan for a “date” with the Bridegroom of your soul. Jesus wants to spend time with you, He wants you to rest, and He wants you to trust in His care. He longs for your undivided attention, because He loves you deeply and can’t ever get enough of you.
Let’s be intentional about our time we carve out for Him. If at all possible, go away for a day or two, somewhere quiet where you can just focus on your relationship with Him. If that absolutely does not fit into your schedule, then set aside at least a couple of hours. Get a babysitter. Tell your husband to pick up dinner. Cancel your pedicure. Leave your house so you don’t see the pile of laundry and dirty floors. Whatever it takes, let’s make time for the One who loves us more than we can ever imagine or understand.
The beauty about setting aside time for Jesus is that we will return back to normal life with more vigor, zeal, and focus, and less grumpiness, impatience, and stress. So if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, worried, stressed about life, maybe it’s time to go on a “date” with your Bridegroom. Let’s be head-over-heels in love with Him. It will change our lives.