Do you believe Him?
How could you? No one makes time for you nowadays. You don’t even have time for yourself anymore. You’re caught up running through the hallways of you school, time consumed in tedious activities and assignments. You have to go to sports, and clubs, and groups, and committees, and councils. You have to go to your job, your family obligations, do your homework, find time for friends, tweet about that funny thing that happened, watch that show you recorded, make sure you look presentable, eat meals, bathe, sleep, breath.
Phew! Okay take a deep breath. That’s a ton of stuff on your shoulders – trust me, I’m right there with you – and it’s hard to believe that there’s actually a God that wants to listen to you about it all. Does anyone else ever do the math? There’s seven billion people in the world that God’s watching; most of them are on the same crazy schedule we’re on; He’s up there making new people and cool things; He’s saving people in bad situations; He’s listening to the 2.2 billion Christians at church each Sunday. How on Earth could He have any time to listen to my petty prayers? There might be someone dying of a terrible disease out there, someone going through deep depression, someone stuck in a well, someone starving to death, someone without a family or home. Why should He listen to me? I’m doing fine…I guess.
That’s where we’ve got it wrong. God knows each of our problems and trials are uniquely difficult. He also has time to listen to your struggles and worries. Let’s face it, He made Time, so He will always have time to listen. In CS Lewis’s book, Mere Christianity, he says, “God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. He does not have to deal with us in the mass. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created. When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only man in the world.” (page 137). It’s pretty interesting to think of God like this author. Imagine a character in the best novel ever written – the author may take days, weeks, months, even years to write out one sentence of that one individual character’s development, yet the characters themselves don’t experience all the time consumed by the author; they experience it all perfectly planned in one single moment. Similarly, we can think of God as this author of our lives. He spends an eternity to plan out each moment of our lives and He’ll put aside an eternity to listen to you and your problems because He doesn’t have a timeline to fill. He plans each of us individually with care and concern and fits us into the story perfectly. He has no timeline. He is His own timeline. Mind = Blown.
We shouldn’t try to hide our problems from God either for fear of God not caring. He knows them already and He wants to help. He knows your struggles, He knows all of your actions, all of your anxious thoughts and He wants them to cease. Psalm 139:1-14 reads:
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths,you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me,your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
God knows what we’re going through 100% of the time, it’s just up to us to reach out a hand and begin relying on Him. We have to trust that He has the time and the energy and the ability to draw us out of deep waters, because He does. He’s sitting right next to you saying, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7).
Put your trust in Him. Ask from Him. Any time. Any place. He’s there and He will give you the time of day even when no one else will.