I don’t make a lot of reservations, but when I do it’s because something is important to me and I don’t want to miss it. I don’t love crowds so if a restaurant is busy enough that I need a reservation then I’ve most likely already added it to my not interested list. My mind conjures up this image of a strategically decorated room with soft lighting, too much AC, and a crowd of people who are too noisy to allow me to hear the person sitting next to me. I’m distracted by the constant movement of the servers walking around with trays fuller than their frame should be able to support and the image of a half-gallon of tea, steaming hot coffee, and gooey appetizers sliding right on to the bald man’s head at table 4. The constant repeating of “what?”, “say that again”, and “I’m sorry, I still can’t hear you over the chatter and laughter from the guests three tables away” leaves me wanting to run for the door before I’ve ever left my house.
Then there is the infamous airplane reservations. No Thank You! The Lord is really going to have to change me in that area before I get on a plane to go speak to the nations. I have no desire to pay hundreds of dollars to reserve a seat in a locked compartment that is going to tell me to buckle my seatbelt so that I can be lifted off the ground and trapped for hours as I see my life pass before my eyes. I know many people love to fly and its safer than traveling by car and what a wonderful invention… However, my heart is kind and giving. I would never want to take the last seat and someone have to miss their opportunity to be on that flight. No, I will kindly step forward and relinquish my seat to someone who actually wants to defy gravity and remove themself from this lovely thing I like to call the ground. I may even pray for angels to hold up the plane I see flying overhead from time to time but as for me and my house, we will travel by car. 🙂
There is one reservation in my life that I find valuable and worth the effort. The payoff so far has not caused me to feel anxiety, annoyance, fear for my life, or the need for a hearing aid. I will admit it does have its own repercussions. It causes a calmness that sometimes distracts me from the chaos that I notice others dealing with on a daily basis. It causes a confident boldness to rise up in me that I can face the day with excitement because I don’t know what is going to happen, but I know its going to be good! It makes me smile, makes me want to throw a party at times, and definitely makes me full of joy! Sometimes, it causes me to lose sleep when I can’t stop thinking about the day and all that happened because no matter how many miracles I experience, the next one always leaves me in a fresh awe as if it’s the first time. My favorite side effect is that it reminds me of how much I am loved. This reservation is time at the window. Let me explain.
My pastor asked that we make a reservation to meet God at the window for 30 days. For me, this looked like me setting an alarm on my phone at 9am, 1pm, and 7pm. When the alarm would go off, I would take a five-minute break to say hello to the Lord. I would sing to Him, or play a worship song, or pray for someone, or just thank Him for all the amazing things that He has done for me. Maybe I was having a snack, and invited Him to have some chips and salsa. Anything that I wanted, as long as it helped me shift my focus to Him for just a few minutes. I highly suggest it! It changed my life. It doesn’t have to be at a window, but that idea comes from the Bible in Daniel 6:10: “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” The 30 days have passed, but I still enjoy meeting God at the window. We don’t always need to take huge steps to move forward and mature in our faith. What if giving God 2-5 minutes, three times a day was enough to launch us into a deeper relationship with Him where we started experiencing more of the supernatural that He intended for us to get to walk in every day?