Updated: Aug 29
There is a well known story about placing large rocks, pebbles, and sand in a jar. Perhaps you've heard of the story; the large rocks are a picture of the most important things in our life, the pebbles are things that should come second, and the sand represents all the items or things of least importance. Now the order of what you put into the jar, will determine if you have enough space in your life for the really important things.
What is most important in your life? What are your top priorities?
God calls us to walk a redemptive lifestyle in Him and He desires a relationship with us. In order to have a relationship with someone, you have to make time for them, you have to create space in your schedule to fit that time in. And I know many of us are running at 90 miles an hour just trying to make sure our bills are paid, and the family is taken care of. My mom and dad are amazing examples of this, from their choice to run a cattle ranch, homeschool five kids and run a ministry! And yet, they still choose to make the time to read the Bible and pray with us, to teach us about God's word, and to have fellowship with other believers.
Psalms 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Sometimes I would read this when I was younger and would wonder, "how am I supposed to be still?" "Am I supposed to stop what I am doing?" But as I began to study the Hebrew, I found that the words "Be still" come from the Hebrew root word "Rapha" which means: to let go, to release, to submit, to be weak, to cause yourself to let go. And the word that comes after that is "know". So we need to surrender in order to know that God is on control, we let go in order to know the power of God working in and throughout our lives, we no longer trust in ourselves, we trust in Him. https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Meditations/Be_Still/be_still.html
God wants us to create space for Him. In Psalms 14:2 says, "The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God."
God wants to be sought out, He wants to know that He is the most important part of our lives. Nothing should come before Him; not a spouse, a relationship, a career, anything. God should be first and foremost in our lives at all times. In doing this, we then will be able to help and love others at full capacity, thus drawing others to His light. We will have room for the other items in our life without them taking precedence over God. By holding on so tightly to the things or the ones we love, we are taking control and not surrendering to God, we are not seeking Him or trusting in His faithfulness. God desires us to completely trust in His care and surrender to Him. God will fill the space we create for Him.
Just as in the story of the rocks and sand in the jar, if you place all the small items in first, there will be no room for God, the most important part of your life. Place God in your life first and everything else will fall into place. Seek God first and foremost and He will provide for all your needs.
For more the whole story of the rocks in a jar visit: https://www.developgoodhabits.com/rock-pebbles-sand/