Presence Presents

July 21
I, for one, am a huge fan of resting, of taking breaks, and even ‘time off’ time.  Longer ones are certainly fulfilling, but even short spontaneous breaks can be so refreshing…  they are kind of little gifts or presents to ourselves.
Time with our Lord is identical in that, the longer breaks are deeply restoring and enriching, but the short spontaneous “be in His presence” moments throughout our day help to keep the contact and association fresh, intimate, but especially consistent.
Right in the bustle, the hassle, and the anxieties of this life, when we set aside and dedicate time with the Lord, we are essentially demonstrating a deep trust with Him. As in; “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV). In turn, His presence in our lives leaves us with ‘presents’ of blessings, peace, and insight to His will and leading.
Sure, the tendency is to shy away from the Lord until we ‘have it worked out’, but our time with Him actually blesses Him right back. Hiding from Him, or neglecting time in His presence surely saddens Him.
In fact, Isaiah 30:15-16 reads; “For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.”  which is to say, choosing to ‘not’ set aside time with the Lord because we are too busy can actually cause more calamity, heartbreak, and an even greater loss of time.  Accept the presents of His presence, starting now! 

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