I was feeling frustrated.
I’m hired for a job at my friends’ fro-yo shop, but the building isn’t completed so I don’t know when I’ll start work (and the opening day has continued to be pushed out since November...).
I’m currently unemployed with tons of time on my hands, yet I don’t have my own car so I can’t go places, can’t visit friends, am always cooped up at home.
I was having a pity-party for myself one morning. But before devotions, I asked the LORD to help me regain my focus, regain my sight and direction and to give me a hunger for His Word that would never be quenched. Then I dove into reading through Romans and Psalms.
What seemed liked a few minutes later, I looked at my phone to check the time, and wow. I had been having devotions for 3 hours. Three whole hours spent journaling, praying and reading the Bible! The time had flown by and yet I still felt that I hadn’t had enough.
God had answered my prayer.
Amidst my prayer of thanksgiving to my Father for allowing me so much uninterrupted time, I thought to myself: This is why I’m unemployed. This is why I’m single and uncommitted. This is why I don’t have a car. This is why I’m still at home.
So that I can wholly focus on Him.
One of my dearest friends and a woman I consider to be one of my role models, reminded me to take advantage of having so much free space in my days because in the future, it will most likely be cluttered with family, band stuff, and jobs. She encouraged me to make the most of it right now and to never sit and wonder what to do with my time because ‘as much time as I could spend with Jesus is time well spent’.
So now it’s my turn to encourage any of my readers who are still at home, still not working, and who still have open schedules to grasp this time and invest in your relationship with the LORD. Allow Him to romance you in a quiet time. Never, for once, think that ‘just being at home reading your Bible’ is a portion of your day that you could be doing something else. Because I guarantee you, there is nothing more important that you can do than grow in your love with Him.
'One thing I have asked from the LORD that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple.'
- Psalm 27:4