As soon as the sun slivers through my blinds, I’m serving needs—picking up the babbling toddler, packing a PB&J for my preschooler, and writing my mental list for Target. And that’s just the first ten minutes.
It’s no wonder some days I feel more poured out than poured in. On such a day, I sat down to pray, closed my eyes, and silently started, “Lord, I worship You. What do You need me to do?”
God’s response surprised me.
The still small voice of the Spirit whispered in my soul, “I don’t need you to do anything.”
The Doings of Motherhood
As moms we are used to doing. Our doing lists span through until the end of time. Sign the permission slip, throw in the chicken, buy stamps at the post office, send the thank you note—and on-and on-and on.
But when it comes to the Lord, we simply come. He doesn’t need anything from us. He is sufficient within Himself, Father, Son, and Spirit. He sustains the world with His power. He set the boundary of the seas. And He simply wants us to enter in and be. Be with Him because He is God with us.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
Sometimes out of that being with God, He changes us. He convicts us—or prods us to start something new or end something old. But our relationship with Him is not another checklist to manage or task to not forget, it’s a relationship to dwell within.
So, What Do We Need To Do?
The one thing God needs us to do? Nothing. He’s done it all for us—all that matters—in creation and on the cross. We simply enter into His work when we come and be.
Take a Moment
So mama, just take a moment today—right now if possible—close your eyes and be with the Lord. He doesn’t need you to do anything except come—whether we have an hour to dig deep or just a moment to breathe.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
Father, God. Thank you for Your work of grace. I know there is nothing I can do to earn your love or show myself worthy of your mercy. All is grace. I am so use to running a long list of tasks. Help me be in my relationship with you. Right now I choose to worship You. Thank you for being (insert what you love about God). I simply want to be with You. AMEN.
What is something that has helped you in a busy season of life to be in your relationship with God, rather than distracted by doing? Please share your ideas with us!