Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone.'
1 Kings 20:40

When life gets too busy we can become stressed and can lose our inner peace. The difficulty within the church, any church, is there are very few who do so much. Often one of the tricks of the enemy is to make us so busy we have no time to pray and be quiet.

When that happens we discover, like this servant, that Christ has gone or so it appears to us. Then we become downcast and discouraged and feel as if we have failed Him when in fact we started with good intentions. The busy Christian becomes ineffective and empty.

There is only one way to sort this problem and that is never allow yourself to become so busy you don't have time for some thinking, praying quiet time alone with God.

He understands the pressures of life, the jobs that need to get done and our lack of ability to sit still for too long. He is able in 5 minutes or even 5 seconds to do what He can do in 5 hours! He can breathe within you or upon you and fill you with Himself.

Set time aside to be with Him all through the day. Sometimes it's a momentary glance upwards, a longing gaze over a peaceful country scene, a quiet reflection within of a moment when He spoke to you. It is enough to hold on to that presence throughout the day and keep the link with Him.

He said 'abide in Me'. That means that whatever we do and however we do it we must do it with a consciousness of His presence and peace within ourselves. When we begin to lose that or find ourself ruffled with circumstances it's time to quieten ourselves again and to look up once more. Take a deep breath, find the strength of His presence and carry on.

If we practice this presence of God we will find our spiritual lives grow strong and rich. Wisdom becomes our friend for suddenly we know what we ought to do and nothing catches us completely off guard. We become a trusted servant of the King and despite the fact we are busy we shall never turn and discover that He has gone.

'Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength.' Isaiah 41:1