I’ve got a major event coming up in August, and even as early as now, I’m already fighting for some time to still write. So from now up to August, the only time I can find to think about my articles is when I’m in the restroom. Not very inspiring, I know.
I once heard that busyness is one threat to our spirituality. I instantly thought, okay great the lesson here is to never make yourself too busy. After that, I dismissed busyness as evil, to the point where I was already apologizing in advance to God for the months ahead.
But earlier—and you’ll never guess where—I realized that being busy doesn’t necessarily have to strain your relationship with God. You don’t even need to apologize to God for being busy; as the Bible says, there really is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1)—even busyness.
As a young professional, I understand the pressure we may feel about ‘building our life’ as early as now. On top of that, I am about to experience a quarter of my life to have gone by, by next month. And while I don’t dismiss the desire my colleagues have at working hard and earning an income, I feel like there’s a need to tell all of us to do one thing:
Relax. God isn’t mad at you for working hard and pursuing the calling and platform He’s given you. He’ll only be angry if you put that ahead of Him. Moreover, God understands seasons. He made them. But the question is, where can we find God in our season of busyness? I can name five areas.
1. We find Him the moment we stop depending on ourselves, and start depending on Him.
One of the temptations we get when we are crazy busy is thinking that it all falls on us to meet the deadline, make the project successful, or reach quota. There’s one thought in this that beckon danger—that it now becomes all about you and not about what He can do through, with, and for you.
It now becomes all about your plan, your strategy. All about your abilities and qualities and merits. Now that doesn’t sound too far off from self-righteousness does it? And when you’re stuck, what do you do?
I think about those moments in my life when I brought to a level of humility where I realized just how weak and powerless I am. Of course, I was afraid to talk to God for fear that He wouldn’t accept me after all of that attitude.
But it was also in those moments when I came to Him and asked for forgiveness that I’ve never felt so grateful and in awe of His love and grace that had never run out on me.
What came in exchange for surrender was renewed strength and power from Him.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
If you’re at the point where you want to go to God but are afraid to, don’t worry. Just repent and surrender this to Him. Believe me, He’s more than ready to forgive you.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.
2. We find Him when we choose to endure, instead of giving up.
There’s a reason why they call it a breakthrough. It’s because you are, in a real and even spiritual sense, breaking through barriers of otherwise impossible situations—situational barriers, relational barriers (i.e. restoration), physical barriers (i.e. healing), barriers of fear, anxiety and even unbelief.
Another reason why it’s called a breakthrough is because God will use those times to break you off your baggage and weights so that you could latch on tighter to Him. And when we choose to endure, we build character and are reminded that our true hope is in Him.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame.
3. We find Him when we take time to rest.
Confession time: I did not understand the concept of rest and Sabbath when I first started working for the ministry. I’d be shooting emails late at night, thinking that it was valid and dare I say, God-approved, action since it was for the ministry (though I’d get a scolding the morning after). And when my rest day came, I did not know how to let go.
This habit took on an unhealthy cycle where I grew even more tired as the months went by. What changed? There was one Sunday when I heard a wise pastor telling me that taking your Sabbath is a matter of trust. Trusting that while we rest, God doesn’t. Trusting that while we rest, God has already prepared the next steps beforehand.
When we find time to rest, we find not only God, but also times of refreshing.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
4. We find Him when our motivations aren’t anymore to glorify ourselves, but give glory to Him.
Have you ever wanted to show off at work? I have, and God knows that. But as I reflected on those time, I remember feeling the same things whenever I did that. It was one of those expectations versus reality kind of thing. I gave and gave and gave and expected so much to come out of this. But in the end, I only found emptiness.
On the other hand, I never felt more satisfied and accomplished than I did when I just worked hard because I wanted to show off God. I also realized that I became more strategic, effective, and produced far better results when I put “glorifying Him” at the top of my motivation list to begin with.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
5. We find Him in the beginning and at the end of the season.
God gives and takes. He gives us a time to work crazy hard, and He gives us a time to enjoy the fruit of the season. But from the very beginning and until the end, He is ever present in this season.
When you’re in the middle of it, and you’re not sure what’s to come in the end, you can be assured that the God who was with you in the beginning will be the same God to you at the end… only, made even more real.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
All this to say, if you’re busy right now…
Don’t give up. This is just for the season. He’s rooting for you, and never giving up on you.