The Holy Spirit will teach us lessons about walking in balance in any season of life. My story takes us to the days when my baby was a young infant. Her soft cries nudged me from a deep slumber. I checked the time, then started my own whining:
5:30. How could this time of day be considered morning? It’s pitch dark outside; maybe she’ll fall back to sleep.
Her continued fussiness poked holes in the hope that I could get more shut-eye. I was so exhausted that it took about 15 minutes to drag my weary form from the paradise of my comfortable, warm bed. I got her back to sleep about 6 o’clock and stumbled back into bed.
When my alarms were calling, and my “three-foot tall alarm” was up for the day, I was still snuggled under the covers. I mumbled a request for my husband to take the kid to the potty for me. Next thing I knew, it was two-and-a-half hours later; he had given me the rare gift of letting me sleep in late. It was an answer to prayer for my fatigued body.
The usual business of the morning tasks took on a higher speed as I tried to play catch up. I was rushing through my Daily Time with God, trying to block out the ticking of the clock and looming deadlines. After reading a few verses, I wondered if I could just move on to my “to do list.”
I decided to finish the chapter. Ironically, the last few verses of the chapter held the story of Mary and Martha. Conviction pierced my spirit when I read in Luke 10:40, “But Martha was distracted with much serving….” The “distracted with much serving” was me that day.
Honesty Shows Our Heart in the Balance
I asked God, “What do I do with times like this? When I want to serve You well fulfilling my responsibilities but life has gotten in the way of having ‘decent’ time with You?” His answer was clear in my heart to take decent time with Him, regardless.
I read further down, “Mary has chosen the good portion.” That’s what He wanted from me—to choose Him.
If I had a job to arrive at by a certain time, I would have taken at least part of that commute to get my mind on Him for the day. I would intentionally surrender my heart through prayer and worship. But being at home, I wanted to rush Him?
God revealed my heart that morning—my ulterior motives came to light. Honesty said an adjustment to the “to do” list is an easy solution. Right then, the Holy Spirit reminded me there is a balance between serving in God’s Kingdom and sitting at His feet.
God is not worried about quantity time, but quality time. Quality time means that I’m surrendering my heart to whatever He is leading me to do for today. I thought He might “understand” and say, yeah, just read a few verses and you’re good.
But that’s not what it was about that day. He wanted my heart more than my time. I decided to yield my heart and agree with His leading.
Figuratively speaking, the name of the road is Balance. On each side of this road is a ditch. The ditch on the left represents one extreme of an issue, and the ditch on the right is the opposite extreme of the same issue. The two extremes are where we get into trouble. Balance Road is where we need to be, but it takes God’s wisdom to walk on it.
When we start to slip into an extreme, the Holy Spirit will reveal we are in an imbalance—if we tune into Him. This thought process can keep us grounded on issues in our lives. When we walk in balance, we will keep moving forward in spiritual growth.
Walking in Balance
Getting out of balance with our Daily Time with God can lead to an imbalance in other areas:
- Instead of telling the whole truth, we fall into the ditches of either lying or stretching the truth
- We lose sight of walking in the balance of repentance when we fall into “hyper-grace” or the opposite extreme of legalism
- Our heart gets out of balance when we desire all work or all play versus regular times of work coupled with rest
- Instead of obeying God’s plans according to His timing, we slip into imbalance by either getting ahead of Him or neglecting to do them at all
The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13). He helps us find balance in our lives if we are willing to ask, receive His wisdom, and yield to His leading.
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