Most of our time here on earth is spent in day to day living. Articles have been written concerning how much time the average person spends sleeping, eating, brushing teeth, grooming, doing laundry, grocery shopping, working, watching TV, etc., etc. Our lives are consumed by every day living activities, leaving little time for worship and fellowship with God, our Maker.
Not all the tasks of living are monotonous and mind numbing, but all are time consuming. This is especially true for young families. Parents are often exhausted at the end of the day. As the disciples were heavy with sleep, so are parents with young children.
It takes quality time to worship and fellowship with God. It takes planning and discipline to set aside time for Him and His Word. Time that is guarded and protected from distraction and intrusion, but that retains some flexibility for the parent. When this time alone with Him is achieved, what great reward comes from it. It creates a longing for more.
Invariably life’s activities and responsibilities page us and summon us to leave the warmth and sweetness of that time alone with Him. We do so reluctantly, looking forward to its return.
Our children have been grown for sometime now, so it has become easier to have that time alone with the Lord. I have not yet retired from working but I am looking forward to that time when, Lord willing, I have more time to study the Bible and to write about what I have learned.
If you are like me, perhaps you have had some difficulty understanding heaven and its activities. For instance, from reading the book of Revelation, it appears that the main activity in heaven will be worshiping and serving our God. I have begun to realize that in heaven, because all the cares and needs that we have in this life will either be non-existent or supplied by God Himself, we will be freed from the activities that consume our daily living now in this life. We will be free to worship and serve our God, our Creator and Saviour, in unending fellowship. Those moments of unspeakable joy and fellowship that we experience now in this life, will be unending in the next.
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
Note: Those who do not know the joy of sins forgiven and the sweetness of fellowship with God Himself, often impose the pleasures and activities of this life upon heaven.
…let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…