Come away with Me…or not

I have a verse I wake up with a lot. It’s one of my favorites.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” (Psalm 27:8 NLT)

And wouldn’t you know it, when I woke up this morning, this verse was the first thing that popped into my head. But since it was only ten minutes to four (yes….that means 3:50 am…the first number was still a 3!) instead of replying “Lord, I’m coming,” I said, “Lord, I’ll catch you in a couple of hours.”

I have a verse I wake up with a lot. It’s one of my favorites.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” (Psalm 27:8 NLT)

And wouldn’t you know it, when I woke up this morning, this verse was the first thing that popped into my head. But since it was only ten minutes to four (yes….that means 3:50 am…the first number was still a 3!) instead of replying “Lord, I’m coming,” I said, “Lord, I’ll catch you in a couple of hours.”

I wake up that early all the time thanks to my ever-changing hormones! But usually I put a podcast on and can get back to sleep pretty easily.

I was still pretty tired. So, I put my earbuds in and listened to a podcast. I mean – hey. That’s still kind of spiritual, right? I was listening to someone preach the Word, right?

But today….at 5:00 when I still couldn’t get back to sleep, I finally did get up. And I still had that verse floating around my heart.

So I went downstairs and I said, “Well, here I am.” The house was quiet, the kids were sleeping. The dog was sleeping. It was such a peaceful and wonderful time in the Word and prayer. I’m glad I got up.

And then…after the kids got up and the dog was annoying, I mean barking…and the radio was on and everyone was in the hustle and bustle of getting ready to get out the door, I heard that verse in my heart again. “Come and talk with Me.”

And in the middle of the chaos, I whispered back, “I’m here.” And that same peace and presence of God that was there when I was all alone was there in the midst of the chaos. And again when I was folding the laundry. And again in between answering e-mails.

Sometimes we get this unrealistic expectation that if we are going to “get away with Him” it has to be all this uninterrupted time alone in the quiet with the absence of all chaos.

But that just isn’t real life.

Real life right now, for me anyway, is that there isn’t that much quiet, chaos-free, peaceful alone time. Real life is that even in the midst of my chaotic days and nights filled with soccer and homework, He is there. His presence is there. His peace is there.

The only difference today than the days that chaos rules instead of peace is that today I was aware….aware of Him…reaching for Him in the midst of the chaos. And His presence and peace changed my atmosphere.

It doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re doing, or how peaceful or chaotic your life is right now, right this minute. His presence lives in you. That River of Living Water that springs up as a well and flows out as a River is in you all the time to bring peace and help and grace and power and life whenever you need it.

All you have to do is tap into it.

Lord, let us become more aware of Your abiding presence within us. May your peace and presence saturate every minute of our day today. We hear you say, “Come and talk with Me.” And our hearts reply, “Lord, we are here.”

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