“What did you want to be when you grew up?” Everyone gave sensible answers to our small group leader’s question. I racked my brain and couldn’t recall one serious aspiration. I’d dreamed of being a female Peter Pan or Annie Oakley.
On my report card, my second grade teacher wrote, “Debbie does good work, but daydreams too much.” Didn’t all children carry fairies to school? Little did I realize these were clues to my personality and how I’d connect with God.
How we approach God
Do you feel like your relationship with God should look a certain way? Do you compare yourself with other people and chastise yourself if you aren’t like them?
The Psalmist wrote, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it” (Psalm 139:14, Living Bible).
We are not only complex; we are different from each other. God didn’t create a bunch of sock dolls from the same ball of yarn. He knit us together in ways that reflect His glory and display His creativity. If no two fingerprints are the same, why would we think God expects everyone to relate to Him in the same way?
I was a young nursing mother when another mom in our church shuddered to hear I had my quiet time with God at night. She straightened her shoulders, and said, “We are children of the light.”
My first thought, well, wasn’t exactly a nice thought. But my next thought was, I thought it was supposed to be darkest before dawn, the hours she boasted about meeting with God. Maybe she’d never read that God neither slumbers nor sleeps.
Maybe that is why I appreciated hearing a panel of women from different ages and stages of life share how they connect with God at a Knowing God luncheon last week. Here are some ideas from them and from others:
- A young mother and pastor’s wife who grew up dancing said music speaks to her. Today she uses music to direct her thoughts to God.
- A busy working mom listens to Bible teachers while she rides her stationary bike before dashing off to work. She uses car rides to share devotions with her teens.
- Another gal prays when she walks her dog.
- Being a romantic, my friend Marilyn views her quiet time as a date. She looks forward to spending time with the One who knows all about her and wants to share life with her.
- Another friend, who is a busy CEO, wife, mother, and volunteer in many ministries, starts her day with a Bible study and a kale/jalapeño smoothie! If she has to catch an early flight, she carries her devotional on the airplane.
- Sarah Bush created a journal to energize and guide prayer time.
- I enjoy the audio Bible at Biblegateway.com as I go through my morning routines.
Peter Pan and Bible Study
So what does Peter Pan have to do with Bible study? Daydreaming contributes to my joy of studying and teaching the Bible. When I began to share how I imagined biblical scenes, people told me those passages came alive for them.
God tells us to delight in Him. That is what you need to remember. Spend time with the Lord in the way that works for you and draws you to Him.
Don’t be afraid to try different times of day and formats. Just spend time with Jesus. You’ll be glad you did.
One last suggestion: If you haven’t bought a copy of my study, download a free sample of Give Yourself a Break, Discover the Secrets to God’s Rest on the right.
What’s one thing that keeps your time with God fresh? Comment here.
Debbie W. Wilson