Five Hours with God

We were on our way to the mountains when I distinctly heard God ask me to spend five hours with Him! One hour a day for five days!

I laughed!

(Remember how Zechariah laughed at what the Angel of the Lord told him concerning he and Elizabeth conceiving a child? Ummm…yeah, maybe I should not be so quick to laugh. Zechariah was not able to speak and was told he would stay that way until what was promised came to pass. I didn’t laugh because He wanted me to spend time with Him. I laughed because during this time, He wanted just me.

No writing in my journal.

No Bible reading.

No worship music.

No writing for my blog right then.

Nothing. Nada. Zip!!!

He wants nothing more than me simply being with Him. I’m a busy mom of four boys, and I am used to multitasking to the “nth” degree. This was going to be a challenge. I am also an extrovert! I don’t like to be by myself. (I know…crazy talk for a writer, huh?!) I like to be active and productive. I want to be out there exploring the world. I want to meet people–all kinds of interesting people. I once asked my siblings and my parents how they would describe me, and without hesitation, most of them said I was always up for some fun! Sitting alone, doing nothing didn’t seem like fun! Truth be told, it sounded like torture. (Sorry! But it’s true!) You may wonder how I normally do my devotions or quiet time?! Well, usually, I am driving or in the shower. So, see, I multitask! God did not want me to put Him in my list of things to do. HE WANTED TO HAVE MY UNDIVIDED ATTENTION FOR AN HOUR A DAY FOR FIVE DAYS! He didn’t want to be sandwiched between laundry and grocery shopping.

 My husband, who is an introvert, could not relate to the panic I was experiencing at the thought of just sitting there doing nothing but being with Him instead. I am right in the middle of the road when it comes to being an extrovert/introvert, but I  lean more toward the extroverted side than he does. So this was going to be interesting!

I pictured sitting with Him an hour each day after getting the boys back into their school routine after their Christmas vacation. But as He would have it, He woke me up early one morning. I’m talking around 4am early. I stayed in bed debating, “God, is this really You? I’m tired, and it’s cold. And…if I get up, then Andrew might wake up too early! Why can’t I just lie here in my warm bed and be with You!? You’re here in my bedroom just as much as you are in the living room, right?” Blah, blah, blah! I’m learning it’s best just to do what I think God is asking me to do. He blesses a heart of obedience! You can read about my “one word” (obedience) for 2017 here!

Wrapping myself up in the wonderfully soft blanket my mother-in-law had gotten us for Christmas, I headed down to the living room and sat on the cold leather couch.

And there I sat.“Okay, God! I’m here. What do you want to talk about?” {crickets chirping}–not really, but you get the point!

I didn’t hear anything earth shattering or exceptionally grand that first hour. Matter of fact, I don’t think I can actually count it because I fell asleep after not really engaging with Him in any way {sheepish grin}. I think He just wanted my attention and my obedience. I guess I pictured spending time with Him ON MY TERMS — like when the kids were at school. But in learning how to respond to His promptings, I got up THAT morning at THAT time.

INTRODUCTION: Grace

 Sometimes God speaks right when I slow down enough to listen. A lot of times, He brings revelation and insight after the fact. This was one of those times. I quickly realized this first time was just an “introduction” to our time together learning how to listen to His voice and being available when and where He wanted. I don’t know the reason behind it, but He specified one hour each day for 5 days. What was so significant about the number 5? Why not 4 days, or even 6? Why 5? Later that day, I googled “number 5 in the Bible,” and this is what I learned:

The number 5 signifies GRACE! His grace will help me in being obedient to Him. My flesh doesn’t always want to obey Him, certainly not at 4 am!

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

I will update my blog after I complete the five days. I may have something to share. I may not. But what I can tell you is this: OBEYING Him is never wasted. I may not realize what it was all about right away. It may take me weeks, months–even years to understand why He wanted me to do this. But to love Him is to obey Him! Sometimes what He asks us to do doesn’t make sense in the moment. But it is never wasted. I anticipate the first couple hours will be learning how to be still and to be quiet. Oh, and to not look at the clock every 10 minutes.

Grace glorious grace!

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