Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.Psalm 37:7 (NLT)
Imagine that you have a best friend, someone who has known you since you were little and gets you. You laugh together, cry together, and basically enjoy each other’s company. You spend quality time together each day. You hang out. You Facetime. You share life.
Then, one day, your friend seems distracted during time that you normally spend together. They keep checking their phone, or they seem to be distant. They aren’t really engaged in the conversation or invested in connecting with you. So, you call them on it. They apologize and tell you all the things that are distracting them: too much homework, a new job, they have too many bills, or a million other things going on. You forgive them and move on. But, each day, they get more and more distracted until they feel like a stranger. Those Facetime calls get less and less frequent, until they stop calling all together. They don’t stop by to hang out any more. One day, you notice that they are just gone – a memory of times past.
Perhaps you’ve experienced the loss of a friendship like this. It’s not any fun, that’s for sure. In fact, it hurts to think of losing someone who should be so close, yet drifted away.
Unfortunately, this is all-to-often how we treat our relationship with Jesus. Sure, we may have the best of intentions to hang out with Him, to talk with Him, and to study His scriptures together. But, then life happens and we get distracted. We let other things keep us from enjoying the company of our Best Friend, our King, our Lord.
I believe King David understood this when He penned, “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.” Being still, being present, being invested, is important in a relationship.
In our world, being still is a lost treasure. Busyness keeps us going from sun up to sundown. We have jobs, school, chores, homework, laundry, and a hundred other things we need to do each day. But, ultimately those cannot take away from our quality time with God.
Every day, be still in His presence. Talk with Him. Listen for His voice. Invest in the relationship. Don’t let it drift away.