“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1,2).
Have you asked the psalmist’s question lately? Perhaps your daily routine is disturbed, and your habitual time with God no longer happens; life feels haphazard without an extended time of God’s loving guidance and presence. Maybe you’ve thought about deepening your practice of quiet time and have been searching for a way to make it happen. In all these things, you can ask, “Where (or when) can I go and meet with God?”
Susanna Wesley, the mother of hymn writers Charles and John Wesley, was a busy woman. Her husband, a minister, was in and out of debtor’s prison. She schooled her ten children at home and had a vibrant Christian ministry to the people of her community. If anyone could ask, “When can I go and meet with God?” it was Susanna. But Susanna’s time of solitude and renewal with the Lord traveled with her. Her family knew that when she threw her work apron up over her face, she was in prayer; they respected her sanctuary.
An apron may not be the answer to your time-with-God dilemma, but there is an answer for each of us. Maybe it’s a room set aside. Maybe it’s your morning bus ride. Maybe it’s the kitchen table before everyone’s awake. The Lord longs to spend time with you—each day. He is comfortable anywhere.