But they soon forgot what He had done and did not wait for His counsel. Psalm 106:13
My friend, Rob, gave up an hour of his time the other night so Mason could interview him for a school project. At dinner the next night, I told my kids that I’d meant to email Rob earlier that day to thank him, but I forgot. Zack’s immediate response was, “Email him? Really? That’s like sending a message by carrier pigeon! You should text him. He’ll see it immediately.”
I get that each mode of communication has a different speed to it. But does everything have to be conveyed at the speed of light? I think it’s that thought process that derails quality prayer.
Prayer is a relationship. I’ve heard it described as a conversation between two people who deeply love each other. That depth only happens through unhurried time spent together. When we slow down, we’re able to be fully present. As both parties come together with open minds and hearts, a safe space is created where we can unburden our souls knowing we’re being truly listened to. That’s how deep bonds are built and strengthened.
I’m sure that if God had a cell phone, He’d be fine with us sending Him quick text messages. He loves hearing from us no matter what form of communication we use.
However, for us to truly benefit from His grace and counsel, we need to carve out the time to go old-school and just sit quietly with Him. Sometimes, His greatest blessings do come by carrier pigeon. We just have to be patient enough to wait for them to arrive.
Questions for Reflection:
- As the pace of the world gets faster, is my communication with God going at the same speed?
- Do I see any value in slowing things down in order to properly soak up the grace and counsel He has in store for me?
For us to truly benefit from God’s grace and counsel, we need to carve out the time to go old-school and just sit quietly with Him.Tweet