If you’re anything like me, the thought of sitting in silence for any length of time is down-right scary. I remember the first time I experienced quiet time. It was the most unnatural thing! I remember sitting on a large rock at Bible Camp and thinking, “Ok… how long do I need to sit here and “connect with God?” I’ve always been an over-achiever and I’m so Type A that I tend to believe that if I ever stop moving, I just may die on the spot; or like God will look down on me with disdain if He knew I was just sitting on a rock (and not “accomplishing anything real”); trying to connect with him when all I felt was that I was an utter failure at doing so. No lightning bolts, no grand epiphanies, no giant signs or miracles. It was just me, sitting in nature, attempting to connect with God on a deeper level.
I would like to say that I did have a “moment” that first time; that the skies parted and I saw the face of God and now every day I wake up and repeat the ritual. The reality is: that’s just not the case. Often times I sit in prayer and don’t get any answers. Other times, I can almost audibly hear His voice and direction as clear as ever. Those are the moments I feel I experience miracles; those are the moments which are amazing and astounding although less frequent than the times of just sitting, relaxing, praising and thanking Him for His continual direction in my life.
The truth of the matter is, your faith is like a muscle and just like anything else in life worth having, it takes time to cultivate, nurture and develop. When we walk with our minds focused on God, we are bound to grow in faith. Our faith increases over time; and with time, it will start to grow stronger. I want to encourage you to spend time with God each and every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. It can be in your car on the way to work, in your yoga class, in the shower or in your favorite spot at home.
Sometimes, it might seem hard or even impossible to do. With God’s strength anything is possible. We can call on Him and ask for His help. Often I pray for Him to remind me to pray, as well as ask Him for the desire to sit still and just be with Him a few minutes each day. It can be as simple as asking Him to help us get up earlier and as difficult as helping us love someone. Whatever the case, there’s always an answer. All we need to do is ask.