Quality Time

You may recall I have been describing the different means by which love can be expressed and received. Then, applying them to our relationship with God. You will have received the outline of the Love Languages on 24 March, followed by the 1st Love Language - Words of Affirmation on 28 April. Today I look at the 2nd Love Language - Quality Time.

Does God express His love to us through Quality Time? Can we express our love to God through Quality Time?

God is always available. He is never too busy to spend time with us. Even though He has the whole universe to run, He still desires to spend quality time with each of us. It is an amazing thought to consider that God loves each person so much, even though He is God and we are just simple and imperfect human beings, He wants to spend time with us.

Jesus modelled this for us when He often took Himself away from the group He was with, in order to spend time in prayer with His Abba Father. This is Quality Time. As nice as it is to be with friends and family, particularly for all you extrovert types, if you want to spend quality time with anyone, you can't do it in a group. You need to spend 1-1 time together. This is God's desire also for our relationship with Him.

Have you ever tried to have a meaningful conversation in a noisy place? It just doesn't work! The same with communicating with God. We cannot hope to spend Quality Time with Him if we never set aside some time and space to do so.

You may have come across the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19 when God wanted to speak to him:

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

A "gentle whisper" cannot be heard in a crowd, in a noisy environment or where there are distractions. It can only be heard when time and space are set aside for the purpose of spending time with Him.

The limitation of Quality Time does not come from God, rather it is from our busy lives or perhaps our competing priorities. God is always available for whenever we are. We don't need to make an appointment with God - His office is one that is always open. When we "walk in", it is as if we are the only one in the universe as far as God is concerned. He won't give you the "hurry up" and "look at his watch" as if you are running out of time with Him. No way! He is ready, willing and available as soon as we are and for as long as we want to spend time with Him.

So, this week, why not set a goal of just a couple of minutes each day that is specifically and solely targeted to communicating with God? Worth a try? I think so - you might find you really enjoy it :-)

God bless,

Tim Connelly

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