Friday, April 28, 2017

The Daily Grace - Our Demanding Schedules

Is your life too busy? Business deadlines, productivity quotas, and shuttling children to lessons and sporting events can really fill up your schedule. It's easy to think, "if only I didn't have so many responsibilities, then I could walk in vital union with God". Yet C.S. Lewis wisely points out that no one was busier than Christ. "Our model is the Jesus. . . of the workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions. For this. . . is the Divine life operating under human conditions".

In Mark 1:32-34, we can witness Jesus' experience in Capernaum. "At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those we were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many". The next day Christ sought out a solitary place and prayed. There He received direction from His Father to pursue a demanding ministry in another place. Our Lord communed with His Father and depended on the Spirit to minister through Him.

Is your schedule demanding? Follow the example of Jesus and set aside a specific time for prayer. Then depend upon God's power to help you meet each day's demand. To keep your life in balance, lean on the Lord.