Most of us are really busy. We have our schedules and our plans. We like our routines and our lifestyles. We get so wrapped up with the stuff of life and the common complaint is
“I don’t have enough time to ……” You fill in the blank.
The stuff of life can keep us so busy and wound up, we rarely have time to do what Steven Covey, author of numerous best selling books including “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, calls “Quadrant 2 Activities”.
Quadrant 2 activities are those activities which are important but not urgent or pressing. Some of them include planning, prevention and spirituality. These are all so important but none of them are critical and each takes thought, energy, and time. But it is time well spent.
How much time do you spend in Quadrant 2? Many of us spend far too little time working in this area. It is not until something drastic happens that stops us dead in our tracks that we say “Whoa, wait a minute. Maybe I need to slow down and rethink things.”
When things get uncomfortable, we could be entering into a season of transition. God may be leading us away from certain activities or people and we don’t know why. He is always trying to get our attention onto what really matters to Him. There may be illness, financial setback, or broken relationships or we may just feel stuck and not moving forward. The pressure may be mounting and the stress hard to manage or we could be plain old bored. Ever feel like this?
When things in life begin to shift, it can feel uncomfortable. We may resist and rationalize. But when God is calling us to something new, it is important to stay with the discomfort, even when it interrupts our busy lives and messes up our agendas. God has the plan. All we need to do is let go and surrender to it.
The questions whirl thru my mind like the swirling winds of March, trying to figure out what is going on. I need not fret. God is faithful. All I need to do is to call out to God, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”, then listen and wait. The answer is always the same.
Come a little closer. Let that go.
Is Jesus calling you to come a little closer? Perhaps like me you sometimes get too caught up in the rush of the world to hear His still soft voice.
“Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8).
What is it that God is working on and in you today? What is he calling you to let go of or to embrace? Are you willing to listen? To surrender? To obey?
Close your eyes and to this song by Dierks Bentley. Jesus is saying the same thing to us.
Until next time, keep the faith and keep looking up!