I slept, but my heart was awake, when I heard my lover knocking and calling: “Open to me, my treasure, my darling, my dove, my perfect one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.” But I responded, “I have taken off my robe. Should I get dressed again? I have washed my feet. Should I get them soiled?“Song of Solomon 5:2-3 (NLT)
The maiden was stirred by the sweet voice of her beloved. You would think her immediate response would be to hasten to him, yet she hesitates. She says, “I’ve already gone to bed. Why didn’t you come earlier?”
Likewise, each day the Shepherd of your soul greets you with loving care. Your heart says of Him, “Seek His face” (Psalm 27:8). Unfortunately, your mind isn’t always in line with your heart, is it? The day is brimming with responsibilities. Your heart is so packed that you hardly have the time for Him. You’re tired and busy: with work, and chores, and family.
Or you’re in a dry season (something we can all relate to). You’re weary. You don’t have the energy, nor the desire, to seek God. You think, “God won’t understand.”
Still, patient and kind, Love calls out. Christ stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20). Every moment, He bids us to return; to turn the knob, and welcome Him in, as our dear friend and Lord.
Of course, we all get tired. We get preoccupied. We have seasons where we don’t seek Him as much as we would like. That doesn’t mean it has to remain that way. Whether you feel His presence or not, God is the One holding your hand. He’s the reason you wake up in the morning, with breath in your lungs.
Try to carve out time for Him daily. To read His word, to pray, to praise. You need the guidance of His word and His strength if you are to get through. Make time for Him, even if it means getting up a little earlier than usual. Read His Word and spend time with Him even when you don’t feel like it (that’s probably when you need it most!).
Sometimes, making time for God may not look how you expect. If you find it difficult to carve out time for Him, try inviting Him into each moment of your day. It doesn’t matter if it seems insignificant or silly. Listen to a sermon while cooking. Blast and sing praise music while doing the laundry. Pray to Him during your drive to work. God is with you in every moment. So, pray in every moment (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
It may take sacrifice. If you have to cut out that certain TV show to make time for God, then do it. Your relationship with God is the most important thing in your life. It’s worth the effort. Spending time with the One who made you and loves you will always do your soul good. He’s the refreshing, everlasting spring of water for our parched souls.
It will take effort. Yet, if we choose to wage war against our apathy, we will find a love far greater than anything this world could offer. We will find rest for our weary souls, and the strength to scale mountains unknown.
So, open the door, and let Love in.