Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pressing the Pause Button

Dear God,

Last week, I hit the pause button. Not the pause button for life. Or even the pause button on my busy schedule.

I hit the pause button on my relationship with you.

I know it was dumb of me. So many papers and tests and homework and projects – the pile grew so large that I decided that something else had to be put on hold for just a little bit.

You became that “something else”.

I didn’t consciously choose to put You on pause. But our relationship stopped regardless of my choice or subconscious motives.

Jesus, I’m sorry.

I haven’t been talking to You like I normally do. I haven’t been spending time alone just being still in Your presence. I haven’t allowed You to fill me like only You can.

Lord, you were an afterthought.

God forgive me.

I wasn’t thinking about You this weekend.

This weekend… of all weekends.

Resurrection weekend.

The weekend when Your love altered history. The weekend when You had me on Your mind and in Your heart as You hung there… dying for me.

Oh Lord, I’m so unworthy. So disgusted at my lack of effort in placing You at the center of my heart and priorities.

When the pile of “stuff” to do gets so high I can’t see anymore, help me to remember that it’s only “stuff”. If this life is all there is, then it’s perfectly fine to place all my time and energy into stuff.

But if this is only a taste… a preview… the prologue of the true novel that hasn’t yet begun; Oh Father, forgive me! How can I be so blind?

Instead of focusing on this fleeting prologue that we call “life”, help me to focus on the everlasting epilogue… the story You’re writing that doesn’t end. I plead with You to help me remember that in my times of greatest busyness, You should become even more of a priority than when I have extra time.

Jesus, what You did on the cross for me was incredible. Indescribable. Totally humbling.

You know better than anyone else that I will continually be unworthy. That anything I do will never measure up to Your ultimate sacrifice of love.

It’s overwhelming that You would die for me…. when I fail over and over to give You priority.

But even when I keep pressing the pause button, You never fail me. You continue to love me. And in Your strong, yet quiet way… You draw me back to yourself.

1 comment:

  1. Confession is a good thing sweetie. I John 1:9

    Everyday "stuff" does crowd our lives and sometimes we let that keep us from communing with the Lord...and that's sad...but it happens to each of us.

    But you are right...He always draws us back to Himself. Praise God! He is so longsuffering, merciful, and forgiving.

    I love how you share your heart here. And it is a good reminder for us all.

    God loves you Em...and so do I.

    Grandma Linda


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