How Do I Find the Time?

How Do I Find The Time?

When it comes to finding time to be alone with God, you may be thinking, “I’m too busy.  I can’t do this.”  You’re probably thinking about things that you have to get done: go to work, take care of the kids, clean house, fix meals, do washing, work on the car, mow the grass, paint the house, shovel snow, etc. etc.  I get that.  I know you are busy, but, consider this, Jesus was busy too.  Yet he made time:

  1.  HE SLIPPED AWAY from the ones he was healing and feeding TO HAVE SOME TIME ALONE: Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. (Matthew 14:13)  But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.  But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. (Luke 5:15-16)
  2. HE GOT UP EARLY in the morning TO HAVE SOME TIME ALONE: Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.  And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.  And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them. (Luke 4:40-42)
  3. HE STAYED UP ALL NIGHT TO HAVE SOME TIME ALONE:In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve. (Luke 6:12)

To find time to spend with God, Jesus (1) slipped away, he (2) got up early, and he (3) stayed up all night. These are possible answers to the dilemma of how we find the time.  For me it is getting up very early, like at 4:00 A.M.  But that doesn’t work for everyone.  It may be early morning or late at night, after the kids are in bed or while the baby is taking a nap or some other time that you can create a break.  Actually, there is no right/perfect answer on where or when.  You need to look at what works for you but finding the time is important. 

Things to Consider:

  • If Jesus could find time in his busy schedule, what does that say to us about our time?
  • Consider your daily schedule.  Is there a time that you could plan a few minutes alone with God?
  • If this is your goal, who could you enlist to help you with time?  Is there someone you could “trade” time with?  For example, is there a friend or neighbor who would be willing to watch the kids for a few minutes in return for you doing that for them at another time?

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