god's gift of time
By Isabel Yang
May 30, 2020
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2 Samuel 15:23-16:23
As a fifteen year old student, with school and AP tests coming to an end, I find myself with a lot of time on my hands. Normally during this time, I’d be celebrating the approach of summer break with my friends. Obviously, I can’t do that during this period of isolation, so I often find myself thinking about how to fill my daily schedule.
It’s easy to use quarantine as a break from being productive. I’m guilty of spending all day watching Netflix or scrolling through social media. My family and I have also focused our newfound time and freedom on starting new hobbies and projects like sewing, baking, or gardening. These are all wonderful things that have merit, and it’s easy to convince ourselves that by doing these things, we’re making the most out of our shelter-in-place experience. However, I think many of us skip out on the opportunity to tune in to our spiritual life.
In Psalm 119:124, the writer says, “Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees.” God is calling us to open our hearts and minds to learn what He is calling us individually to do. God can speak to us through spending time in community, such as small-groups or friends, who can encourage us and keep us on track. We are blessed to have the technology to keep in touch with our communities, and we should take full advantage of it! For example, Student Life Groups are important to me because it allows me to discuss with people my age, who are going through similar things.
We’re living in the perfect time to rethink and reset the balance of our lives. We may need to adjust how much time we spend working, playing, and spending time with God. Let us use this time to focus on our relationship with Jesus, so that we can hear His voice above the chaos of the world.
You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
— Psalm 119:114
Prayer to start with: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the opportunity to reflect upon our relationship with you. We pray that you continue to guide us in our spiritual journey and put a desire in our hearts to study your word. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.