By Rachel Temple
The word soak has been rolling around my head for a few weeks now. It all started when one of my children had one of those “magic washcloths.” They put the compressed baseball shape in a bowl of water to soak in anticipation of seeing the washcloth appear. They let it soak for several minutes and nothing happened. We had to leave for a couple hours to run errands, so we continued to let it soak.
After, arriving home we noticed the washcloth never expanded and grew. It stayed the same. We quickly examined it.There was still a layer of plastic covering this “magic washcloth.” It has not been able to soak in the water. Once we took the plastic layer off and let it soak, it expanded and stretched out of the shape it was compressed into.
There really was nothing magical about it. It just needed to be soaked.
Every day we need to take the layers off, put the distractions away and soak up time with Jesus.
How do you do that you ask? By spending time in God’s word. It is imperative to our lives.
God’s word is living and active. Hebrews 4:12(ESV) “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
When we take the layers off and be still with Jesus, we can start to hear and discern better. Reading and meditating on God’s word helps us to daily renew our minds. It helps to transform us into a new person by changing the way we think. It S-T-R-E-A-C-H-E-S and G-R-O-W-S us.
It says in Romans 12:2(ESV) “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
What is one way you can soak—like a spiritual sponge and take in all Jesus has for you today? Start by journaling what he is saying to you. Write down a verse or two on an index card. Place it somewhere you can see during the day. There is nothing “magical” about it. It is all about being soaked in God’s word. It will transform you. It will renew you.
Each one of us are in different seasons of life. You may have 10 min or an hour to spend time with Jesus. Whatever time you have make sure you are taking time to soak with Him. It is essential to our well-being of life. He loves you dear one. He is waiting for you.
Is there anything that helps (or distracts) you when it comes to spending time with Jesus?
How might I pray for you today?
Rachel Temple is a wife, mom of two, blogger, coffee-lover and speaker. She is crazy about Jesus and thankful for grace. Rachel longs to see each generation connected because each generation needs each other. On a normal day, you will see her carpooling, looking for a new crock pot recipe or at the softball field cheering on her daughter’s travel team. Rachel can be found at RachelTemple or on Twitter.