Day after day, I'd roll out of bed and the tune would start as if on cue:
Good morning, Lord. How are you?
I hope you're feeling fine.
I'd like to stay and talk but it's almost 7 o'clock
And I haven't got the time.
If you haven't recognized the lyrics by now, they're loosely adapted from the VeggieTales short about three friends working in a chocolate factory, rushing from one task to the next with no time to rest.
Too Rushed for Prayer
Every morning I'd start my day greeting the Lord and apologizing as I rushed to get dressed so I wouldn't be late for school (and later, work). I'd acknowledge Him and then tell Him why I couldn't stay and talk. There are things to do, places to go, people to see. And, well, frankly, God's everywhere so He can follow me along, right?
For years this mindset plagued me even during those times I'd sit down to read the Bible, trying to still the internal chatter and mental to-do list long enough to have "quiet time" with God. But in all honestly, my quiet time was anything but quiet, even when I studied the Bible using my favorite SOAP method. I hurried through the devotion so I could check yet another thing off my list of things to do.
And then all that changed.
From Rush to Rest
It wasn't an overnight transformation but more of a gradual awakening. A few months ago I realized my desperate need for relational intimacy with God, to not just talk about Him but to actually meet Him face-to-face with Him, much like Moses scaled Mount Sinai and spoke to God as he would a friend. I wanted that. I needed that.
When I drew near to God, asking Him to teach me how to become a worshipper, He was faithful to draw near to me as well.
Having a "quiet time" with God doesn't need to be the same monotonous routine every morning. In fact, it doesn't even need to be quiet. I've found that some of my favorite times of worship are when I'm all alone and free to sing praise songs at the top of my lungs. Sometimes it's a morning stroll in my backyard as I praise Him in creation. Other times it's worshipping Him from A‑Z as I get dressed and put on makeup. And still other times it's kicking off my shoes, kneeling in my sunroom, and bowing my face to the ground as I give Him every concern I'm carrying and receive His peace instead.
Connecting with God looks different from one woman to the next. If you're not sure where to start, I'll share with you over 120 ideas to connect with God that I'm working through myself, so that you'll never get bored or stuck in a routine.
A Life-Changing Dare
Looking back on those years of rushed mornings, I wish I could grab myself by the shoulders and gently tell my younger self, "All those things on your agenda today? They seem urgent, but what's really important is taking care of your soul. You feel like you don't have time to connect with God, but believe me, if you seek Him first, everything else will fall into place on its own. Really. Test Him and see if He won't be faithful to take care of you when you put Him first."
It's a challenge. A dare, if you will. Can you — WILL you — put God first in your life, starting with your mornings? Not to be more productive or to get spiritual brownie points, but simply because He is beautiful and worthy of your praise and adoration?
Believe Him when He says,
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
If Jesus said it, there's truth to it. We have nothing to lose but a few minutes of snoozing the alarm clock, or checking our FB feed, or an elaborate hairdo in favor of a simple bun. And we have everything to gain.