When we want to get to know someone, what do we do? We spend time with that person. We eat out, take walks, discover common interests, and attend events together. Maybe we call or text or sit and chat over coffee. Whatever we do, we have to stop and intentionally make time to be with that person. We have to cease from our busyness, clear our schedule, and we have to engage in the moment, because that’s the only time in which two lives can actively intersect. Relationships can only be built in the now. The past is over and just a memory, and the future hasn’t happened yet.
God invites us to do the same with Him.
The Message version of the Bible appropriately words the invitation like this for our hustle and bustle suburban lives, Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God. In Exodus 3 we read how God grabs the attention of a desert nomad named Moses. In the course of the ensuing conversation, Moses asks the most basic of questions. He wants to know God’s name. What do I call you, Moses wants to know. And God’s reply is significant, I AM who I AM. He didn’t introduce Himself as I WAS or I WILL BE, but as I AM—God of the moment, the now. This is a name of relationship, a name by which we realize that God wants to intersect with our lives, and that’s only possible in the present. So, to get to know God—the I AM—we have to accept His invitation to stop what we’re doing and engage with Him in the now.
Do you find it easy to slow down and make time for relationships? What could you do differently?
Father, I always tend to think about what’s happening next or what happened yesterday, rather than focusing on the now. Help me to live each moment you give me and to look for you in those moments…to be as much about relationships as the tasks I need to accomplish.
For further study on this topic see Luke 10:38-42 and Psalm 23.