My daughter just turned one.
And some of her toys have batteries that are nearly that old. In need of a recharge. The music doesn’t play well anymore, it’s out of tune, off tempo, and the Old MacDonald toy generally sounds like a dying farm animal. Mmm. Lovely.
Ever feel that way in your relationship with God? Or maybe a lack thereof?
Like a worn out battery in a toy, we too will sound out of tune when we don’t continually spend time with Jesus! It starts slowly, like not having a devotional time because there are 587 PTA phone calls to make, choir practice, family obligations, church-y expectations. Maybe we’re having company over and just NEED to have a Martha Stewart-ish home for the holidays.
“It’s just one day, God understands I’m busy,” we tell ourselves.
Have you ever tried writing that down? Like, in a prayer journal?
“Dear God. Sorry- no time for you today. Got to go. C-ya l8ter! Thanx.”
Mmm. Mmm hmmm. It’s not that easy to write that down, is it? It sure isn’t for me.
One day can turn into two days, three days, a week, a month, a loooong time.
The less time you spend with God, the weaker you get. Little by little. Your song plays slower. It starts to change into a different tune, and not a godly one.
Then one day you wake up and realize that you sound like a dying farm animal. You’re faking it, you know it, and you wonder who else does too.
I get it. It’s tough to carve out time to spend with the Lord daily. It is always hard! There is always something vying for your attention, your spouse, the house, the kids, the checkbook being off 3 cents, the tv…
So what do you do?
Acts 3:19 says “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”
Turn around. Do a 180. You are never standing still in your relationship with God, you are either moving closer to him or further away. Turn to Him. TURN. Away from sin. Towards Him.
Receive His forgiveness! And this means to forgive yourself too! If you have repented and asked for forgiveness, you do not need to hold guilt over your head. You are forgiven. Jesus has WIPED away your sins.
Then, and this is so amazing to me, times of refreshing may come from the Lord!