A few years ago I would probably have managed to do more but as I get older life often seems to slow down. Actually I’m not sure if I’m slowing down or time is passing more quickly! Whichever is the case there never seem to be enough hours in the day or in-fact in the week.
In this period of Lent we often hear about using the time to stop, pause, review life etc. Lent reminds us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert before he started his ministry, before the 3 years of his ministry that ended with Passover in Jerusalem, his arrest, whilst once again he was spending time praying and preparing for what was to come, and death on the cross.
When life seems so busy and there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done isn’t it so easy to actually stop doing the one thing that could recharge the batteries, could make it easier to do the things that need doing, to stop spending time with God being filled up again with their energy? This is true, not just at this time of Lent, but at any time in the year. Life is too busy, we are too tired, there just aren’t enough hours in the day so to free up more time we stop spending time with God.
It seems to me that this then becomes a vicious circle, we don’t spend time with God, so less gets done and we feel busier and busier as we need to get more done in a shorter time so we have even less time to spend with God!
Maybe for you, like me, it’s time to step off this treadmill, spend some time telling God how little time you feel you have, how busy you seem to be, letting go of all the business and worries and instead of being a human “doing” once again become a human “being” in God’s presence.