Conquering the Time Factor

Have you noticed that today people are eating more on the go than ever before? No time for breakfast? There are breakfast bars for that. No time to pack a lunch? You can grab a quick bite at the nearest fast-food drive-thru. I find myself grabbing something quick to snack on while I run my errands if I have a lot to do. When I do eat on-the-go, I scarf it down--not giving much thought to what I'm eating. I'm just eating because I know I need to so I don’t become weary before my errands are done. 
 
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Before the Lord directed me to an incredible passage of Scripture, there were times, my feeding from the Word of God did not look much different. On especially busy days, I'd inhale my Bible reading for the day, because in the back of my mind I was thinking, "Oh Lord, I have so much to do today!" While I desired to linger in His word, in no hurry to do anything else like Mary when she sat at the feet of Jesus and listened, when those crazy days came, I tended to have a Martha mindset, fixated on what needed to be done. 


However, I knew I had to overcome that Martha mindset that says, "I have so much to do today. I don't have the luxury of just sitting at Jesus' feet." (Luke 10:40) but I didn't know how to break free until the Lord showed me. Just as Jesus said, "Martha, Martha. You are worried about many things, but only one thing is needed."  (Luke 10:41) In the same way, the Lord pointed me to Luke 5:1-11, to show me that like Mary, if I made time with Him a priority, I would be blessed.  (Luke 10:39, 42) Since studying this passage, the Lord has delivered me from that Martha mindset and showed me why I can sit at His feet like Mary, and be at total peace despite what my "To-Do List" looks like that day. It is so freeing!

As you may recall in Luke 5 when Jesus is calling His chosen disciples, Jesus is standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (aka. The Sea of Galilee) when people start crowding all around Him wanting to hear Him teach. Nearby, commercial fishermen Peter and Andrew, are cleaning their nets in the water after having had worked hard all night long trying to catch fish, but to no avail. No doubt feelings of frustration and distress consumed them as they as they cleaned their nets and considered how they were ever going to recover from such a huge setback. 

After all, their fishing wasn’t a mere hobby. It was how they made a living. As they mulled over their dilemma, Jesus approaches them and asks Peter to pull his fishing boat out so Jesus could teach from it.  Any other day, loaning his boat to Jesus wouldn’t seem like such a sacrifice, but today it would be. Peter wasn’t simply loaning his boat to Jesus. He was loaning himself and his time to Jesus since He has asked Peter to bring his boat out into the water and pull out a little from shore. (Luke 5:3)

Though Peter and Andrew graciously accommodated Jesus, I wonder if in the back of their mind, Peter and Andrew lamented, “Here we haven’t caught anything all night, and now Jesus wants to borrow our boat to teach from. Only God knows how long it will be till we get our boat back and can get back to fishing. We are already so behind!” Regardless, Peter and Andrew obeyed, esteeming time to serve Jesus and learn from Him greater than dealing with their overwhelming circumstances. 

Jesus knew Peter needed his boat to fish and that His borrowing it probably set Peter and Andrew back in their work-- especially since they had nothing to show for their grueling all-nighter the night before. So after He had finished teaching, Jesus directs Peter, “Put out in deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4) Not sure what will come of it, Peter decides to do it anyway because Jesus said so. (Always a good enough reason for doing anything God tells us to do in His Word.) 

To Peter and Andrew’s great surprise, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break forcing them to call over their other fishing co-workers James and John to help, who were in another boat nearby. As it turns out, both boats were so full with fish that they started sinking! Despite this, with the Lord’s help they were able to make it safely to shore.

Look at how frustrating Peter and Andrew’s day, or night that is, was when it was spent apart from the Lord. Likewise, notice and how incredibly blessed and successful their day was when they made time with Jesus their highest priority. Though they spent a good portion of the day with Jesus, instead of brainstorming a solution to their big problem, their time with Jesus didn’t hold them back one bit from accomplishing the pressing task before them. Instead, what would have taken days to accomplish was made possible in a matter of minutes! (Luke 5:5-6) 

Is there anything discouraging you today that is distracting you from spending quality time with Jesus? Be encouraged, Jesus will always make the time you spend with Him always worth your while! (Phil. 4:19) You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. 

Question for you: How do you make time with Jesus a priority when you already have so much to do that day? 


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28 comments:

  1. Hey Brooke--we are neighbors at Five Min. Fri. I wasn't able to read all of it--I'm off to bed now--but I have to say that the first part of this really spoke to me--my to do's and all the things I stress about make my head spin a little too fast until it's hard to breathe. I am so thankful that He doesn't require anything of us because He's paid it all--and we really can just rest. Thank you and blessings to you.

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    1. Nacole, I loved your comment, "He's paid it all--and we really can just rest." Beautifully said! God bless you richly!

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  2. Are you kidding? What's NOT in the way of eating and spending time w/scripture, spending time with God? I constantly have to remind myself that time learning about God and his word is way more important than anything else I have to hurry up and get done. And you know, when you carve out the deliberate time and just enjoy it, everything else just falls into place.

    I found you on the Friendship Friday Hop and signed up to follow w/GFC and FB. Happy to be here!

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    1. Happy to have you here, too! I totally agree with you, "when you carve out the deliberate time and just enjoy it, everything else just falls into place." That's one of the things I love abut time with the Lord. He just brings everything together so beautifully and makes my day go so much smoother when I first spend it with Him. God bless you lots!

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    1. You're welcome, Denise! Glad you enjoyed it. God bless you much!

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  4. I'm finding God in the Quiet Places lately. There is so much happening that it's very difficult to just release it all and rest in Him. Enjoyed your post. In from 5 minutes.

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    1. We all go through different seasons in our life, some busy, some not so busy. Whatever season you're in, the important thing is to spend time with Jesus however that might look like for the season you're in. Maybe it's listening to an audio Bible while the kids play. Maybe it's reading a chapter of the Bible before bed. Until life slows down, remember there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1) so never feel bad for what you are not able to do in this season you're in. Ask God how He would have you spend time with Him, especially since He knows your life better than anyone. He will be faithful to give you an answer that is not burdensome, but only a blessing. God bless you richly!

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  5. I have instituted a dinner time with my family every night for this very reason. I loved your post and found your words of wisdom much needed in this busy time of life.

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    1. That's awesome to hear, Austine! Thanks for your kind words! God bless you much!

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  6. What a great post and fits in my life right now. I just recently started working part time and having a hard time finding that balance of work/kid/bible time. Thanks for the great reminder!

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    1. Thanks, Candice! So glad it was timely for you. Praying God helps you find that perfect balance for this season of life that you are in. God bless you lots!

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  7. My name may be Mary, but lately I've definitely been more of a Martha! I really needed that reminder and appreciate your use of scripture. Thanks so much for this post!

    I'm a new follower from FFH. I'd love to invite you to visit me at www.marywomantowoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Mary, I love your humor! So glad this blessed you! I'll be stopping by for a visit for sure. Thanks for the invite! God bless you richly!

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  8. I've found a quiet meal at Olive Garden (with the ice tea jolt) helps me refocus on what I need to do. And a quiet snack with God often refocuses me and changes my day. My daily meals with Him are a must. But snacks? They are a choice that makes the difference. Thank you for encouraging me to keep my focus of my God.

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    1. Pamela, that sounds delicious at Olive Garden. I love that place! I totally agree, time with God "often refocuses me and changes my day." Well said! It really does make a difference. God bless you lots!

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  9. Hi Brooke, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you, Chris for your encouraging words! You made my day! Looking forward to visiting your blog! God bless you much!

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  10. We're neighbors today over at WIP Wednesday.
    And I remember reading recently something that said "if you're too busy for God, you're busier than God wants you to be." and it's stuck with me. And I've cut so many things out since... What peace there is to be found in seeking Him!

    All for Him,
    Nikki

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    1. Nikki, that is a great quote! I love it! I will be examining my own life with that. Thanks for sharing! God bless you abundantly!

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  11. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. I love the picture of the disciples putting their nets into the water on the other side of the boat. God does give us direction, and when we seek Him, He shows the way.

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    1. Amen, Renee! I love what you said, too, "God does give us direction, and when we seek Him, He shows the way." Well said! God bless you richly!

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  12. Oh, the day is so good when I start it with Him. This is so true. How Mary teaches,no? Sitting at His feet with you.

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    1. Laura, I agree! My day is better when it starts with Him. Thanks for sharing! God bless you lots!

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  13. Brooke...what encouragement that time with Jesus is needed and a blessing to our lives. Thank you for sharing at WJIM this week.

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    1. I love how you said, "What encouragement that time with Jesus is needed and a blessing to our lives." Well said! God bless you richly!

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  14. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I just stopped over from Monday's Musings from my neck-of-the-woods at WholeHearted Home. I'm glad that I stopped by!!

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    1. Judith, so glad this blessed you! Thanks for stopping by! God bless you lots!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!