I was lying in bed one night, unable to fall asleep, and with nothing to do but listen to the clock tick away the seconds that I wasn’t sleeping through. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Over and over. Then a thought came to me. What would happen if the clock “forgot” to tick, say, one tock every minute? In other words, what would happen if it missed one second per minute?  It would be a while before it was off enough to matter, right? Wrong. Giving up on falling asleep any time soon, I mentally calculated how long it would take for the clock to be significantly off.

In just one hour, the clock would be a minute off. In two hours, it would be two minutes off. After one day, it would be almost thirty minutes off. And in only three days, that clock would be a whole hour off. After only three days! That made me stop and think. It amazed me just how fast the whole purpose of the clock was thrown off, just because it failed to tick away one second.

In some ways, we are like the clock. We have a list-of-sorts, filled with things we want to get done, and things we should get done. We can choose, consciously or unconsciously, to push aside the important things, like praying and reading our Bible, aside in favor of the things we want to get done. But really, if we fail to check just one box in our spiritual “should do” list, it won’t take us very long to get so far from where we should be that we are not fulfilling our purpose. If we forget to pray, or fast, or read our Bibles, or if we forget to be kind to one another, we will need more frequent readjustments, just like the forgetful clock. And adjustments are painful. We have to give up things that would have never come into our lives if we would have just ticked that forgotten tock.

It seems like hard work, doesn’t it? It is. Consistency is always hard. But don’t stress. 1 John 2:3-11 says this, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” The Bible says it. Your labor is not in vain! Where we fall short, God is faithful, and will help us achieve greater things than we could have ever achieved without His help. Psalms 55:22 encourages us. “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” The New Living Translation (NLT) puts it this way: “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

So take heart! While it is very easy to drift away from where we should be in our walk with the Lord, He has promised to help you. Just talk to Him about what you are struggling with, and He will give you the strength to move out of that place, and into a deeper relationship with Him. He understands the demands of our time and effort, and He doesn’t want to overload you. Instead, He wants you to desire His presence. He wants to bring you to a place where, instead of waking up thinking about all the things that you need (or want) to do that day, you wake up thinking on Him, and His goodness and mercy. He wants you to seek Him out over all else. Where you don’t want to do anything else before you talk to Him, and get refreshed through the Holy Ghost. And really, that is the best place to be.

 

So walk that walk
And tick that tock
And your talk won’t just be words

You’ll feel a joy
That this world can’t destroy
And that seems, to others, absurd

He’ll fill you up
To the very top
Your stresses and cares will be gone

He’ll make you strong
Against what’s wrong
And you’ll stand against what the devil brings on

So walk that walk
And tick that tock
And your talk won’t just be words

Your love will be Christ
You’ll want to do what’s right
And your direction will be turned heavenwards