The Tug of the Urgent

Today has been a juggling day. And though I’m no circus clown, I’ve kept a lot of balls in the air: Appointments, errands, chores, emails, phone calls, laundry, dinner. The list goes on. And sometimes that list can make me feel like there aren’t enough hours in my day.

If I’m not careful, the pressing sense of urgency I feel to accomplish all these things can crowd out the most important thing.

Have you ever felt that way? Like there isn’t enough time in the day to do what you need to do, let alone sit and read your Bible or take time to pray?

But here’s what I’ve discovered. When I make time for Jesus, He expands my day. He enables me to accomplish what needs to be done. In return, He gives me His grace, His wisdom, and His strength. And I desperately need that strength, especially when my 51-year old brain is multitasking.

When I resist the tug of the urgency (from things that aren't really urgent but feel that way), I can sense the tug of the Holy Spirit inviting me to be with Him. And that is the most important thing. (See Luke 10:42)

So today I’d like to pray for us to have hearts that hear Jesus calling us, and that we will resist the sense of urgency that insists we don’t have time. 

Wash away the incessant sense of urgency that tells us we don’t have time for You. That we don’t have time to pray. When we sense the false tug of urgency, help us to resist it and enable our hearts to hear you calling us. And Lord, let us our hearts respond, “Lord, I am coming.” Be near us and give us grace, wisdom, and strength. Expand our days as we make time for You. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with Me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” (Psalm 27:8)

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Paige said...

Thank you. That was a reminder I needed to hear.

Karen said...

The "tug of urgency," is exactly right. Thanks for the prayer!

Rachel Beran said...

Oh boy, do I relate. Some days, okay, many days I look at my "to do list" and feel so overwhelmed and anxious! Tug of urgency defines it well. I can get so caught up in these seemingly urgent things that I lose sight of what really matters. I love your prayer at the end. Oh, to be still and remember!! Thanks, Julie!

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