In this fast pace world we live in, it is so easy to get off track spiritually. We get so consumed with working, taking care of the family, husband, wife and kids, planning and attending various events and activities that we easily forget to pray, meditate and spend time with God. Our Sundays are no longer for church and more used for gardening, attending some type of social event or resting to recover mentally and physically from a stressful week. In doing all this, God is there waiting patiently; wanting our undivided attention. It is in these busy times, now more than ever, where we need to call on God the most.
I had been working in a demanding, stressful job that I knew I had to leave for the last five years. Though I was attending church on most Sundays and involved in a ministry, I was not spending the time with God that I knew He wanted. Toward the end of my time at that job, I literally had a mental breakdown. Shortly after the breakdown, I decided to go part-time and my husband and I talked about starting a family. I soon became pregnant and decided to stay home for an extended maternity leave to care for our daughter. During this time, I was also studying for a major national recertification exam for my occupation that I had taken but had not successfully passed. It was in this time where I literally hit a reset button on my relationship with God. I felt that God was shaking things up in my life at that time to get my attention. I knew He wanted me to go into a deeper relationship with Him. I decided to do a spiritual fast because I knew I needed guidance and clarity from Him. During this spiritual fast, I experienced God's presence in a way that I never had before. I also successfully passed my exam. I was relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated in Christ.
You may be at a point in your life where things are pretty hectic and chaotic and you can feel God pressing on your heart to spend time with Him. That means it is time to hit the reset button in your spiritual walk. It is time to not only recover mentally and physically but also spiritually. Take some time out to meditate, fast, pray and just enjoy time in God's presence. It will be well worth it!
"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." -Jeremiah 31:25
Kyana M. Idi