How important is Personal Quiet Time? Very! It’s very important.
This past Spring I joined about 45 others from my church on a Mission Trip to South Carolina. We spent the week going into low-income housing projects and having backyard Bible clubs with the children who lived there. We were very busy. We’d wake up early, have some breakfast, have our time with these kids, eat lunch, and then we were off to minister to folks in that community through face painting and balloons. We’d come back, have some dinner, a little free time, and then we were off to bed. It seemed as though we could not be any more immersed in God’s work.
At the end of the week however, a strange thing happened. As our team loaded up to head home, our family loaded up to head to a race that my son was doing in Greenville, SC just a few hours down the road. As we were driving there, my mind began to get back on all the things that were going to need to be done after being gone for a week. The hustle and bustle of my everyday life began to overwhelm me to the point that by time we arrived in Greenville I was frustrated, ill, and just not very pleasant to be around. I knew it, and I could see that my family knew it as well.
But why? Why did I just leave a place where we had seen God’s hand move in the lives of many young people, a place where we went to do God’s work, and four hours later I was fit to be tied? I began to have this blunt conversation with God. I began to tell him about all the good that I had done (just so you know, I do understand how ridiculous this sounds). I had taken a week to serve Him, to tell others about Him, and to witness first hand others receive Him. So why did I feel so far from Him?
His answer was short and to the point. Because I failed to talk to Him. You see, on any normal day, I wake up, have my breakfast, and spend some time in God’s word and praying. It’s my time to connect with God one on one. But that didn’t happen that week. I looked back, and though I was doing God’s work, I never once talked to Him one on one. What would happen if you went on vacation with your spouse and never spoke to them? You get my point.
The bottom line is this. Don’t get so caught up in doing the things OF God that you neglect your time WITH God. You can get so busy in doing God’s work that you miss Him all together.