Table Talk – Part Two

“Slow down, your eating to fast!”

I was shocked as I watched my youngest son, Carson, scarfing down his food as if he hadn’t eaten in a week.

Once again, it was dinner time. I had spent the last two hours preparing a southern style, home cooked meal, if I say so myself. Keith and I were still in the kitchen preparing our plates with all those delicious sides when I turned to see Carson “in motion”. His fork was moving so fast, from his plate to his mouth, that it looked like some sort of new aerobic bicep exercise.

He spotted my glaring eyes, which by the way, my family calls the “burn a hole right through ya glare” and immediately smiled with that “oops, I’m busted” look on his face. He quickly put his fork down and by this time everyone was at the dinner table waiting for me. So, I returned to the task at hand – fixing my plate and heading towards the table.

As I got closer, I spotted Carson’s plate and it was completely empty. We hadn’t even said grace yet! Needless to say, I was completely frustrated. I asked Carson why he had eaten his dinner so fast and he said, “Mom, there’s this great show on and I want to watch it. Can I be excused now?” I looked at Keith to see his response. Surely he’d say no. Instead, Keith gave Carson the nod and off he went to watch his t.v. show.

At that moment, I decided this wasn’t a battle I was willing to fight. Although I didn’t agree with Keith’s decision, I realized this request was an exception and not the norm. Still, I felt a little sad all through dinner. I really wanted Carson to spend time with us as a family. This was our table talk time and I had been looking forward to it.

When dinner was over with and I was cleaning up the dishes, God whispered in my heart ” Leah, I know your disappointed that Carson rushed through dinner so that he could watch t.v.. It’s like when you rush through your quiet time with me to start on your to-do list for the day.” Ouch!

Although it hurt, it was completely true. Often times, I do rush through my devotion time to get other things accomplished. I’m so anxious to move onto the next task at hand, as if my time with the Lord is a line item on my to-do list that needs to be checked off. To think that the God of the Universe sets aside time to spend with me and I’m so “busy” that I don’t have time to be with him.

Do you find yourself rushing through your quiet time too?

Is your mind easily distracted with other thoughts when your trying to read through scripture?

Do you ever drift off into la la land while praying?

I’d love to know if you struggle with these things too.

Leah

Comments

  1. I love reading your blog. I certainly do skip through my devotions some days just to start doing the things of that day. I’m ashamed to admit it..but I do rush it at times.
    You are not alone in this area and I appreciate your blog all the more in knowing that I’m not alone as well.
    Thank you and keep on blogging:0)

  2. Leah,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I LOVE your blog. And, oh, how I can identify with your story about Carson with my son Bo…and of course then to me and my quiet time. Thanks for writing a piercing Truth in such a gentle and real way.

    Can’t wait to see you in less than two weeks!!!

    Wendy

  3. In answer to your questions…
    yes
    yes
    yes!!!!

    Today, because i was expected somewhere, i rushed. I was trying to pray this afternoon in a rare moment of quiet, and fell asleep.

    I was reading the bible yesterday, and kept finding myself thinking about what we were going to do today…..

    You are not alone! 🙂

    What I do? Tell God I’m sorry and try to refocus. Also, one of my friends gave me the advice, that when I am distracted while praying or reading… she used to keep a piece of paper and pen with her. As she prayed, quieted herself, read, and found herself distracted, she would stop and write down what it was, and go on with her God time…. she said some days she filled up a whole notebook page, but it really helped her. She was able to set stuff aside and deal with it later…
    Haven’t tried it yet for myself… been too distracted to remember, till just now! 🙂

    God bless,
    Heather

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