Friday, October 16, 2009

back to a quiet time

Not long ago I posted on "meeting with God." From that exchange, specifically through Every Square Inch's comment which got me to thinking, and from whatever else along the way moved me to do so, I went back to having my quiet time first thing in the morning after I grab my coffee. It has been good, and I see that as in a sense my favorite time of the day when I seek to draw near to God.

I had reasoned that I am with God all day, in Jesus we live in God's Presence. So that I did not see any special need of a special time daily to draw near to God, since I was more or less trying to do that all day. But there is wisdom, I believe, in setting aside a time and not letting anything interfere with it, a sacred, quiet and cherished time when I seek to come near to God. Of course when we do we have God's promise that he will come near to us.

This move was verified by a retired professor who visited our church last Sunday during his excellent presentation in which he noted quiet time as one essential in the life of a follower of Jesus. Also contributing to my thoughts and reflection on this was a poem by Marcus Goodyear entitled "Stumbling out of Heresy."

This goes to show the impact blogging does have on us, surely in ways we don't realize, but also in ways at times when we do. And how we can impact each other for good.

Do you have anything you'd like to share on any of this?

8 comments:

Mama K said...

This is something I work on, finding it always too easy to be distracted, forgetful, or whatever it takes to skip that quiet time. But I know I need it. Time spent with God's word, just listening to Him, is different that the times of daily activity, even though I agree that He is with us then, and we can do everything as an act of worship. Still, if Jesus himself, who was in fact very God (How much closer could one get?), still found it good to get away and spend time with His Father, then how much more do I need that kind of time with Him? Thanks for the reminder.

nAncY said...

i love the way that you have described this. you have brought your readers into your thoughts, and community, as well as given encouragement by telling what you have been experiencing. and...adding the extra refrences is nice too. more connection.

i just love this post.
thanks for sharing.

Ted M. Gossard said...

(Third time I hope is a charm, since I've been cancelled out on both comments. Weird stuff.)

Mama K., Good thoughts. Thanks!

I go to quiet time to meet with God, period. No expectations as to what will happen. More like something I do.

I perhaps abandoned it in part because I had unrealistic expectations in the past, and I do get to be in the word throughout the day more than most do.

No matter how bad it may seem to be going, the important thing is to make it a regular habbit. I think that way at the moment. And it's a time where I deliberately seek to meet with God, of course.

Thanks again for sharing.

Ted M. Gossard said...

nAncY,
Thanks. Yes you and L.L. both have been after me to share more of my life and my thoughts. I used to stay away from that becuase I didn't want my postings to be about me. But God's Story certainly includes us in it, and you get something of the story of people in God's Story.

Thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

nAncY said...

when you share your life and experiences i can identify with what you are saying better.

do you think that is that same with everyone?

Ted M. Gossard said...

nAncY,
Probably so. Though most of my posts are somehow related to my life, or if not to something I think is important. Though probably true of all bloggers in one way or another.

Every Square Inch said...

Ted - so glad and encouraged that you benefited from our exchange. Thanks for your humility and your example of someone who's seeking to learn more through others

Ted M. Gossard said...

ESI, Thanks for being graciously frank as well. We all need that kind of honesty if we're to be obedient to Scripture and grow.