“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
Time is at a premium these days.
At the beginning of this school year, I began trying to make the in between times count. The times waiting in the car between appointments, the ten minutes before an event, etc. I know sometimes I need a nap during those brief moments or a chance to just sit still. Taking advantage of rest is important; however, I’ve noticed, I tend to fill that space with mindless Facebook wandering, Pinterest or just plain fretting.
I’ve been wanting time to pray through out the day, think about how I can encourage those around me and meditate on scripture.
I do set a time to spend quietly away from the world at the feet of my Redeemer, but even that time has been getting cut short lately. I decided to ask God to help me use my time more wisely. That’s when the “in between” times became so relevant.
The idea came from a song Francesca Battistelli sings on her album My Paper Heart called the “Time In Between”. These lyrics in the second verse spoke directly to my heart:
“Don’t take much for this crazy world to rob me of my peace. And the enemy of my soul says You’re holding out on me. So I stand here lifting empty hands for You to fill me up again.
But it’s the time in between that I fall down on my knees waiting on what You’ll bring and the things that I can’t see. I know my song’s incomplete. Still I’ll sing in the time in between.”
Putting into practice good ideas can be challenging because sometimes old habits can get in the way. This week I got the chance to practice applying making use of an in between time.
This last Wednesday was See You at the Pole Day. Due to the earlier leaving time, I was rushed getting breakfast on the table and the kids out the door. I became anxious, as we were a bit late with the carpool trying to get the girls to school in time to pray with their peers around the flag pole. We headed onto the highway directly into backed up traffic. Since I was in a rush, I hurriedly tried taking a side road ending up in an even worse situation. As I sat in stand still traffic with two 14 year olds, I worried about being late and missing the event. Then I stopped and prayed, “God we are trying to do something good for you.” When I felt His spirit say, “Kysia, you are sitting in my presence right now. You cannot even move. Take advantage of this moment.”
Looking up through my rearview mirror at the two beauties in the backseat, I encouraged them to pray with me. We prayed over the school, teachers, peers, the school year, direction for the future and the wreck that had caused the traffic we were in. All that before I even made it to the first stop light. It was a precious moment shared with two amazing young ladies and it all took place in the time in between home and school while stuck in traffic.
God met me right where I was without a wasted moment- even in the time in between.