Some days I just wake up in a rut.
I‘m exhausted from my midnight escapades of cooking and trying to put our little one to sleep before midnight.
Then to my utter frustration, the alarm keeps making that annoying (going to throw you against the wall) noise and to top it off I realize that I have no clean clothes to put on for work.
Sigh and stumble as I get out of bed. OUCH!!!!! The pointy end of my son’s toy just dug into my skin. Try not to make noise as I get dressed in the dark as to not wake my husband and little one, quietly sleeping in bed.
I fumble through my closet pulling down clothes and I think to myself that I should have set my clothes out the night before, but something distracted me and I forgot to prepare them.
Ah yes, it was my daughter screaming because our little one “fights with fists” has taken a kitchen spatula and is swatting away at my daughter saying “haya haya, I got you.” Yep, that’s exactly what happened, and so my thoughts were distracted and when I finally made it to my room I could not remember why I went there in the first place. Hence, no clothes, no clean laundry for work.
I sit staring at my clothes in the dark and I think to my self, “I really hope these pants are black and not dark blue because they won’t match what I am wearing.” Okay, I manage to creep out of the room on my tippy toes looking out for sharp objects and misplaced toys.
I run down the hall, then quickly grab the bananas, frozen strawberries, parsley and kale for my daily organic green smoothie. I run back down the hall to switch on the air conditioning so the entire house it not woken up from the thunderous noise my mighty Vitamix blender makes. I then run back into the kitchen, the sound of the AC now muffling any loud noise, and on goes the switch for the blender. I add in some coconut milk and water, and blendy blend. Whew, 25 seconds and I have my self a green mustache. Finally something fast and efficient. I feel the rejuvenating greens energizing me as I take each sip. Now if I can just find my other shoe that would be great.
I chug down my green smoothie only to realize that its way past the time and I have to leave now or be late. I grab my bible as I swing out the door. I say a quick prayer of protection over the family, grab the car keys and I am gone like the wind.
So I know what you’re thinking. What a crazy chic this Mariana is. But I really think you’re more concerned about the green smoothie I made, wondering to your self how disgusting it is that I blended kale and parsley in with fruits. That’s another topic but just for fun check out this article on green smoothies.
Whatever your reaction is to my little real-life story above, I hope one thing pops out at you.
Ding, ding, ding…..and the thing that pops out at least for me is that I did not have time with God at all in the morning before leaving. Instead, I rushed through my crazy morning completely forgetting the author of it all, my Dad in heaven, the creator of the heavens and the earth.
And yet I have the audacity to get frustrated when my day is hard and I feel upset or frazzled. But I know deep down inside that I have a void in my heart on those days I wake up and don’t communicate with my Father in Heaven. I have a disconnect from His power and presence in my life, and if I keep it up long enough (without praying) I will fall into a deep spiritual hole.
Yet we are reminded in Ephesians chapter six that we are to be praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
But we let the little, insignificant things around us distract us from having communion with God and from allowing His Holy Spirit to descend upon us and equip us for His holy work.
When we don’t have quiet time with the Lord each day, it blinds our eyes to spiritual things and we walk in our own strength so we are prone to overreact, lose hope and handle things with impatience and irritability. But when we pray and ask His Holy Spirit to come and reside with us, we are blessed as He examines our hearts and convicts us of our sin and then restores us to the Fathers love. Prayer and alone time with God is essential to the life of every follower of Christ, so we must find the time to spend with Him.
Here are a few quotes from some of the Christian Celebrities of our past on the topic of prayer.
“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.”~ R. A. Torrey
“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie ten Boom
“You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray.” ~ Matthew Henry
“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.” ~ John Bunyan
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~ Oswald Chambers
Lots of Love!