In my Christian walk and studies I have noticed a lot of recurrences and similarities that are patterns older than time. C.S. Lewis calls it the law of undulation. It all boils down to the fact that there are times in our life when we flourish in our relationship with God, and there are times when we do just the opposite. We fall, we fail, we feel like God has abandoned us and left us empty with no message. In truth God is still there, He will never leave us, but that doesn’t mean He will never be silent. Christian Artist “Beautiful Eulogy” stated:
Elijah saw the clouds split
And know that God did it
And does it still
Still, his presence feels like chills
Right, and if I’m honest it doesn’t happen often
Something must be wrong
It’s boring when my life is more like the book of Ruth than Exodus
I’ve never seen the partin’
Of an ocean
Or a cloud by day or pillar by night
Just a normal everyday working of life
That hit me hard when I heard it. Read this line again, “It’s boring when my life is more like the book of Ruth than Exodus”. Exodus was filled with signs and wonders. God’s work was on display and everyone saw it. Tragedies and miracles all in one book. Imagine, the parting of the Red Sea, the Ten Plagues, Manna from heaven, water from a rock! Now compare that with the book of Ruth. A woman get’s married, then remarried by the grace of God. It is simple everyday life, its a beautiful love story, but in comparison it is boring. It is what happens in our everyday lives, it is what we see everyday. God didn’t give them messages, he didn’t give them signs. It doesn’t talk about God getting them through hard times it was just simple life. Sometimes that’s how we feel, God isn’t doing something HUGE for us every day, I can go weeks or months without feeling his presence, hearing his direction.
Does that make me bad? Not at all! Am I a terrible Christian? Absolutely Not! Does God still love me? YES! Is God still working in my life? Absolutely!!! You don’t have to feel God every second of every day for him to be real and active.
In times like these it can be hard to seek God. Picking up your Bible can be difficult and praying can feel useless. Which brings me to my main point, God is like a shower.
1. We hate getting in
This problem may just be me but I hate getting showers, don’t get me wrong I do it everyday but that doesn’t mean I am excited about it. I put it off and procrastinate as long as I can. If you can’t relate I am sure your kids can. Every time you mention baths and showers to a kid they complain and whine and fight you tooth and nail to avoid it. We often do the same with spending time with God. We put it off, we make it sound like a chore. We don’t often get excited about going to do a quiet time. We push it off or find distractions. Sometimes it turns into just another thing we have to do on our check list.
2. We don’t want to leave
Have you ever tried to get a kid out of a bathtub? They are stuck in there permanently. They will sit in that water until their fingers prune and the water turns to ice. Better yet have you ever had a warm shower after a long day that seemed to melt your cares away and relax every muscle? You never want to leave! You begin to question why you don’t do this way more often. This is exactly how we are with God. I don’t care how much you whined and complained about going to spend time with God once you actually get down to it you don’t ever want to leave. I’m not talking about just reading some devotional, I am talking about earnestly seeking God and praying. His presence will keep you there and you think, “Yes, heaven will be great, this for an eternity, just us and God in eternal fellowship, I can’t wait”! But lo and behold the next day you are back at it again, you consider skipping your quiet time to sneak in some extra chores before work. Why do we do this? Why can’t we remember how great it was just the day before?
3. It is calm and refreshing
Let me be clear, a shower can NEVER do for you what God can do for you, but we must admit they both make us feel better. At the end of a hard day, or preparing for a rough day to begin what better way to prepare yourself than with something calming and refreshing. Often times we turn to showers, or warm blankets, but God does it so much better! He can heal our wounds and put armor on before we get new ones. His love is comfort and protection. We need to run to him! 1st Peter 5:7 “cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you”.
4. We begin to notice when we have not gotten enough
What happens when you are sick and avoid a shower for a little too long? You get gross. Your head get’s itchy, you feel gross and oily and sweaty. Bad things happen. It’s that same way with God. One time a few years ago I let things get in the way of me going to church. I missed for a solid 2 weeks. That doesn’t seem like a long time, but any time is too long for a sinners soul to be away from the presence of God. Without fellowship and learning I became not so pleasant. I was rude and unhappy. I knew something was wrong and needed to change.
5. Others begin to notice
This one doesn’t need too much explanation. When someone hasn’t showered in a while you can tell, whether it is the smell or the tell-tell greasy hair, there is going to be an unpleasant side effect. It is the same thing when we sacrifice our fellowship with God. I remember a point in my life where my non church going parents noticed a decline in my attitude, and had no fear in pointing it out. It was at that same time that I let things get in between me and my relationship with The Father. My advice to my friends was not as good. I did not face problems with prayer. Now a days my husband can pick up very quickly when I have gotten my priorities wrong just through my words and attitudes, without even noticing a change in my devotion time. When we leave out the most important thing to us, people begin to notice.