Over the course of the past week, I have felt like I’ve missed opportunities. It was spring break for some schools still, and as such, I had hoped to earn additional income due to the increase in people visiting the city. But, instead of working, I met with friends since we had the opportunity to do some activities that we had desired to enjoy together for a while. While I had a great deal of fun, I was constantly bothered by the fact that I had failed to capitalize on the potential to offset my expenses. It wasn’t my friends’ fault, I just wanted to try and ‘get ahead.’
As I was silently bemoaning my lost income, I went to work on Saturday, and then I faced a whole new perspective. As it turned out, my chances to make some money were slim to say the least. Perhaps it was because I had over-calculated the number of people coming to Vegas, or else I hadn’t considered all of my competition; in any case, it was very nearly impossible for me to earn money on Saturday. While it still bothered me that I hadn’t made much money, it eased my heart that I had a well spent week with friends, instead of beating my head against a wall in frustration.
I had been able to spend some time with friends that need a positive Christian influence in their lives, finally take a breath of fresh air out of the city, and even spend some long over-due time with my family. So, I am glad that I had spent a few days enjoying the company of loved ones after oh-so many busy weeks and weekends.
It really reminded me of how much it means to us to spend time with the ones we care about. Work will always be waiting for more to be done, but the opportunities to spend that time with friends is a precious gift. A gift that I sometimes forget to appreciate, especially when it comes to giving it to God. Life gets busy, we all fall prey to it. I can't help but wonder how much it means to God when we take a break from our busy schedules just to be with Him.
At least in my life it becomes easy to get caught up by everything that needs to get done, and before there's time to realize it it, the day is over. I think that David knew this, as in his line in Psalms 84:10 “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
It's not just to please God that we spend time with him, it's rewarding to us. Just as it uplifted my soul to spend time with my friends instead of pursuing financial gain, it's incredibly rewarding for us on an individual level to spend time just being in the presence of God.