I have been busy lately. The Lord has blessed our company with several opportunities to quote projects. I’ve been doing stuff that takes time but in the big scheme of things is just not that important. What is important is being close to the Lord and giving time for thought and mediation on His Word. I have failed in that. Earlier this week Larnelle Harris’ song “I Miss My Time With You” came to my mind. The opening lyric says:
“there he was just waiting,
In our old familiar place
an empty spot beside him,
where once I used to wait
To be filled with strength and wisdom
for the battles of the day
I would have passed him by again
If I didn’t hear him say
I miss my time with you
Those moments together
I need to be with you each day
and it hurt’s me when you say
you’re too busy
busy trying to serve me
but how can you serve me
When your spirit’s empty
there’s a longing in my heart
wanting more than just a part of you
I miss my time with you”
It kind of leaves the impression that God is unable to do anything about my separation from Him and that He is just has to wait for my return. He is the one in control and knows the beginning from the end. But He is also a God that loves me and cares about what I go through.
I love the sentiment of the song. The idea of wanting to spent time together with people that love you. People that have cared for you, encouraged you, guided you, taught you, loved you. People you have been part of your life. Sadly, in my life, many of those people have died and there doesn’t seem to be anyone to replace the love and concern they provided. There’s a longing in my heart for those people. The Bible instructs us not to grieve as others grieve, because we have hope of seeing our loved ones again.
I have joked that because I love chocolate so much, that I was certain that there would be chocolate in heaven. Well the truth is that if heaven were all chocolate that it wouldn’t be important. The center of attention and praise will be upon Jesus Christ. Heaven is about Jesus! I don’t know how it will work, but God will allow us to know and interact somehow with our loved ones. I think it would be in worshiping Him.
I don’t want to miss my time with Him. I must focus on Jesus and as the old hymn says, “and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
What’s your thoughts? How have you dealt with missing a loved one or missed time with the Lord?