Journal Entry 2/6/2004
Jesus had spoken to the large crown from a boat. He told them great truths by using everyday events and objects to convey his messages. The disciples didn’t understand the story about the sower and the seed. The waited until they were alone with Him before asking questions.
We who are God’s children sometimes have questions for Jesus. We feel we have to have answers but sometimes we don’t seem to get them. We need to get rid of the distractions of our own thoughts, schedules, and desires. We need to listen to God.
The art of communication is talking half the time and listening the other half. When we approach God, we should be ready to listen as well as pray. But we can only be attentive when we are alone with God.
I trust you are familiar with the adage, “Some things never change.” The idea of having a regular time alone with God falls into this category. It was true for the disciples; Jesus had to have his time alone with the Father and it is true for us.
Time alone with God gives us rest, relaxes us, and relieves our minds and hearts of unneeded stress and burdens. When we access God, we should quiet ourselves. All our attention should be on God. We should find a way to focus on Him. Some people listen to music to achieve this ‘position’. Others begin their time with God by reading scripture.
I had a friend who had three children. She told a group of us more than one time that she had to have her time alone with God in her bathroom. When I worked my last job, I used my travel time to talk to God. Another friend prayed for her husband to return to Christ in their bathroom. The important thing is we find time to spend with God each day.