Physically fit but mentally and spiritually drained, I climbed out of bed and started my day. I didn’t get very far in to my morning routine before I felt that I needed to just stop, listen and pray.
God was trying to tell me something and I had been so busy over the last few days that I had neglected my spiritual nourishment and now I was paying for it. I felt disconnected from the source (Him) and that my roots that kept me grounded to the Truth had somehow weakened.
Not only had this weakened me spiritually, I was not in a good place mentally. My attitude had become one of complaint and self-pity instead of constant praise and reliance on God. I had let my joy be tarnished by the cares of this world and I had not taken all my burdens and cast them upon my Savior as I should have done.
God stepped in, as He so often has in the past. He put a big STOP! sign in my brain to try and get my attention and help me to focus on what was really important.
So I stopped. And I listened for Him. And I prayed with all of my heart. I told Him everything that had been going on in the last few days and I praised Him and thanked Him for always being there for me. The more I talked the easier it got and I felt my burdens lifted and peace returned to my heart.
I lifted up my brothers and sisters who were sick and hurting. I prayed for my family and for my church. I prayed that the lost might be saved and that God would order my steps and use me as His hands and feet. I sought Him with my whole heart and as much as possible I wanted to be in tune with my Heavenly Father because He is my source for strength and I am sustained by Him alone.
I am far from perfect. I make many mistakes. But the biggest mistake I can make in my life is when I forget to include God and to put Him first. He loves me so much and all He asks is that I love and depend on Him first and foremost and love and serve others just as He did.
Are you in close contact with Him, right now? Has He heard from you today? If not, go find a place where you can be alone with God and don’t hold anything back. Give Him everything that is on your heart, praise Him for who He is and then listen as He speaks to you.
Don’t make the same mistake I did.