I have an overwhelming desire to be devoted to the Lord’s work in my life. I long for this desire to drive and to shade the moments in my life that are up for grabs. Do you know those “up for grabs” moments? I’m not talking about the big things, our commitments to work, or to school, or to family. For me, the “up for grabs” moments are the ones in which I have a choice in how to spend them. For instance, Sunday through Tuesday are extremely busy for me. My schedule is generally so full that there is little time for margin. But even in that busy schedule there are moments that aren’t scheduled: the time driving from one place to the next, the times when an appointment fell through or changed, the times set aside to eat a meal, the hour or so that I want (or need) to wind down after I get home and everyone else in my home has gone to bed. How do I spend those moments? Those “up for grabs” moments.
So often I take them for myself. I justify this taking, this grabbing. “I need down time.” “I’ve been with people all day, and I need alone time.” And those moments are spent on reading news articles, checking Facebook, watching a show that allows me to check out, or some other time-sucking activity. What if I used those moments for more redeeming purposes? What if my desire to know Christ controlled the way I view or use the “up for grabs” moments. Can’t I find refreshment in the presence of my Savior? Can’t I find the replenishment I need at the feet of my Creator-Father?
I’m reminded of Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd . . . He restores my soul . . . He is with me . . . He prepares a table for me . . . His goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Oh that I would remember this song, these truths, when I feel the need to escape. Our great Savior is sufficient to fill our every need. He is the only one who can fill our deepest longings. Lord, increase our longings for more of you. Lord please take control of and redeem our “up for grabs” moments.