When Life Gets in the Way of God

I’ve been noticing a trend in my life lately, a trend I’m not particularly proud of. It happens over every holiday, every vacation, and every special event. I become distant from God.

When life is status quo, I’m great. I’m like SuperChristianMom. I go to my Bible study regularly, attend church, read my Bible every day, and set aside time to pray. I’m not saying all of these things to boast. When I say, “I’m great,” I mean I actually feel great. Maybe a better word would be “aligned.” I feel like I’m in sync with God. No matter what I’m going through, I mean I could be feeling horrible, but to feel in sync with God is comforting.

When I don’t feel in sync with God, I become disoriented. I feel, you know… off. If you’re married, it’s that feeling around the house when your spouse is out-of-town for a few days. Life still looks kind of the same, but you’re missing a main character. You feel just a little bit lonely.

When I was in Hawaii a few weeks ago I noticed this distance from God. Then again, now, right after all of our family was in town for Luca’s birthday, I feel it again. I really don’t like it.

If there’s anything I’ve learned about our faith it’s this: the deeper you get into it, the more you realize you need God. It’s just one of many paradoxes in the Christian faith. The more I learn, the more realize I need to learn more. I find this to be true when practicing the spiritual disciplines. The more I read the Bible, the hungrier I become for His word. The more I pray, the thirstier I become for alone time with God. The more I attend church, the more I long for my faith community.

Unfortunately, the opposite also seems to be true. The less I invest, the more lazy I become. I slip back into old routines. I begin running my life for me. I forget my purpose. Suddenly, I’m anxious about things that don’t matter. My priorities are way out of whack and it seems I have no time to connect with God. In reality, I have the same amount of time as before, I just feel like I don’t. Or, I’m on vacation so I don’t feel like practicing the spiritual disciplines. Yet, they are what brings me inner peace… what kind of vacation is a vacation without inner peace? See the problem here??

I do too.

With the holidays quickly approaching, I realize that I’ve got to make a change. I need to find a way to stay committed to prayer, Bible study, and community. It’s hard to maintain these things when my normal routine is in disarray but I need to find a way.

This year, RockHarbor will be providing daily devotionals during the Christmas series. They will be used to remind us that God is with us in all things. I think that these will be a great way to stay connected to God during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. My plan is to set aside 10 minutes every morning to read this devotional and to devote my day to God. I know 10 minutes isn’t much but I want to start small and be as realistic as possible.

I’m curious. What things do you do to stay connected to God when you’re out of your usual routine?

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