Nothing More Precious
Read Mark 4:10-25
My morning coffee… I look forward to that first cup. Most mornings, before our three children bring the sleepy house to life, I take my favorite mug to my favorite chair and spend a few quiet moments with God. I cherish this time, not because of the creamy hot liquid that revives my drowsy brain, or because of the peaceful and enticing quiet of my room. I treasure this place of solitude because I know Who is waiting for me. As I pour the steaming coffee, I feel Him nudging. As I’m walking up the stairs, I sense Him calling. And there, patiently waiting to spend a few quiet moments with me… is His Majesty, Almighty God. No fanfare. No ceremonies. Just stillness.
The privilege of His Presence is overwhelming. I slip into it gently. And quietly, I wait. Before I hear shouted, “I need you, Mommy!” I whisper, “I need you, Father.” And He is there. Always giving, He demands nothing of me. To Him, I’m not the ‘always-there-to-give-anything-mom.” No, I am His precious child, for whom He gave Everything. And even the ‘mountain-grown flavor’ of my morning coffee doesn’t soothe and comfort me the way the sweet warmth of His Presence does. And there, I linger. But not for long...
Soon I hear the sleepy shuffle of bare feet in the hall. It’s that familiar stirring sound that reminds me of all the lunches I have to pack, the children I have to organize, the cleaning, the laundry, and the meals. But that’s OK. I feel myself smile as I realize that although my thoughts may not fall back on this cherished time for the rest of the day, I will continually be on HIS mind.
As we spend time in God’s Word today we’re reading from Mark chapter 4. What I love about this passage is that it starts out with Jesus and those closest to Him… alone. He had just told a story of a few seeds that produced a bumper crop, and the disciples wanted to know more.
“When they were alone, the twelve and others close to Him asked…” Mark 4:10-25 (VOICE)
Those people who were closest to Jesus weren’t satisfied to move on. They simply couldn’t leave it at that. They had to be near Him. They wanted to know more. How many times have I had to be near Jesus? When in my life have I wanted to know Him more? Too often, I’m afraid those times come only as a result of pain (but even then, He doesn’t mind). God is always there for us… waiting, listening, calling for us to come.
A few years ago, a popular news commentator asked Mother Teresa what she said to God when she prayed. With a distant smile she answered, "Nothing. I just listen." Not satisfied with her answer, the reporter said, "Well, then what does God say to you?" She just looked at him and whispered, "Nothing. He just listens."
To be absolutely, totally alone with God. There is nothing in the world more precious.
Maybe He's waiting for you.
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