You go out to eat, the meal is great, delicious but you can’t eat it all so you take the food home to someone. They appreciate the thought and that leftover food is still delicious. But it wasn’t prepared for them. It’s not the same special unique experience of a fresh plate of food prepared especially for you, hot and fresh. Don’t get me wrong I love leftovers, I make extra food just so I can have leftovers. But nothing beats warm bread fresh from the oven. The meal on the table and someone who set apart time to eat with you.
God will accept all our leftover time. He loves when we pray while cooking or driving. God loves when we include Him in our family time. God is honored to be included in work time. God enjoys when we ask Him to join play time. It’s a great relationship builder if you wind up with a few minutes of free time to spend that time with God.
What God wants is personal time prepared for Him. Time we planed to spend with Him and follow through. Special, deliberate God and you time. Time to talk to God, read His word and listen to Him without distractions. Special God and you time.
I was upset about the time I spent with a friend. I couldn’t understand what more I wanted. We spent tons of time in the same room, doing our own thing but passing the occasional comment back and forth. We complete daily tasks together. In truth we are together more than apart. We have deep conversation and share almost everything. Still I had this constant feeling I never got any time.
I received all the leftover time I could handle but I wanted time carved out just for me. Time where the other person wasn’t constantly saying “hurry I have better things to do” with words or actions. Directly or indirectly. I had huge quantity of time but suffered from a lack of quantity time with my frustration, I wanted special time just for me.
While contemplating this, crying over it in my head. I thought of other relationships this is important with children came to mind first. Then I realized this is where my relationship with God was lacking. If I have time, I spend it with God, fitting Him in almost constantly onto my day. I don’t set a time for Him and give him un-divided attention. I read the Bible until something else happens, not until I’m done.
Special time is important for any relationship to grow and your most important relationship is with God.
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus seems more upset His disciples couldn’t just pray without falling asleep than He was about being arrested and Judus’s betrayal. Jesus wanted quality time in those last moments, the disciples were there but distracted.
Humility Grace Mercy
Mark 14:37-42 NASB
 And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?  Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words.  And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.  And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”