Last week was a bit of a roller coaster. Jason's work had slowed down a good bit which meant a smaller paycheck, but more time to spend together. After all the long weeks he's put in lately, I was more than happy to make the trade. However, things didn't quite work out the way I had planned.
Monday - Jason's work day schedule was supposed to be fairly short, but several added jobs caused him to work late into the evening. Then, he had to leave at 9:30 pm to work a restaurant.
Tuesday - Jason actually got off work around 3:30, but spent most of the afternoon/evening trying to catch up on some much needed repairs around the house. Once again, he left at 9:30 pm to work a restaurant.
Wednesday - Jason had the entire day off. We spent a couple of hours in the morning running some errands, expecting to have the afternoon to ourselves. However, when we arrived home from errands, we discovered that our laptop had a virus, and Jason spent the entire afternoon getting things fixed and running properly. Then, of course, it was off to church.
Thursday - Jason promised me that no matter what else happened, when he got home I could have his undivided attention. He was about four hours late getting home (due to added jobs), and he had only been home about two hours when he got a call to go back out. He didn't return home until midnight.
Friday - Jason called me at 4:00, saying that he was on his way home. While on the phone with me, he received a call for another job. As he was wrapping up that job, he received another call for yet another job. He finally arrived home after 7:00.
Please don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining about Jason having to work. His work pays the bills, and I'm thankful that he has a job. I'm simply saying that I'm starting to realize how the Lord must feel many times.
Dana, a moment of your time please? "Sure, Lord, I'll be right there. Just let me finish this project." Dana, can we talk? "Yeah, no problem. I'll be with you in just a minute." Dana, I really miss spending time with you. "I know. I miss you too. It's just that there's so many things to be done. Tomorrow, okay? I promise."
When the Lord pointed this out to me this morning, my heart broke. My mind replayed all the times I have made excuses about being too busy to spend a moment of quiet time with Him. He doesn't ask for much -- just a few moments to sit and commune with Him. Why do I find that so difficult? Oh, how it must break the Father's heart when I push Him away time and time again.
As we begin a new week, let's make it our goal to spend more time with God. We may be amazed to discover that we need the time as much as He desires it.