Goals transform a random walk into a chase.
Depending on where I was in my spiritual walk, some quiet times were more meaningful than others. Even when I tried using what my favorite Christian speaker and writer encouraged me to do, it didn't always touch my soul. I guess scripted Bible study seems like me telling God what to teach me, instead of the other way around.
I'm not sure how or when I began what has seemed to work for me for nearly two years. It's really pretty simple. Before I'm out of bed, I begin praying for an open heart, and the Lord's direction in what Scriptures I am to read and focus on. Without fail, by the time I'm sitting down in my favorite chair by our bedroom window, I know what I'm supposed to read, meditate on and write about.
I never have known in advance what my Scripture of the day will be. I have grown increasingly confident in knowing whatever seemingly random passage I read, God's got something amazing to teach me, something I need. It's become like a treasure hunt; just because I don't know where I'm going, doesn't mean there won't be something wonderful when I get there.
As a bonus, I've recently figured out that reading, meditating, and tweeting, instead of journaling, just isn't enough for me. It doesn't allow me to fully breathe in what the Lord has for me. Tweet yes, but in addition to, not instead of, journal writing. Bonus number two: I don't have to feel guilty if I don't have quiet time 365 days a year. And bonus three: sometimes, quiet time is reading my current faith-based text.
It all seems random when I think about this extremely important part of my day, but from a perspective far greater than mine, it's anything but. I'm only looking at the backside of the tapestry. The Weaver has a beautiful plan for my life and knows exactly what He's doing.
It took me a long time to get to that place. Once there, the next step was for me to realize God's perfect plan for teaching and the learning of His children is as unique as He has created each of us to be. In other words, "random" may work for me, but a very structured plan with a strong accountability team may be best for you, and that's okay.
What does quiet time look and sound and feel like to you? Has your system evolved over time? What's the most important quality of the time you intentionally spend with the Lord?
I am linking this post to Giving Up on Perfect & Coffee for Your Heart.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people.