When my life is going along smoothly, I'm very grateful to God. I'm already in the habit of having a morning quiet time. So for me, that continues whether my circumstances are good or not so good.
Spending time alone with the Lord keeps me grounded in His Word and close to Him.
But I have to admit something. When I'm going through painful or difficult circumstances my quiet time takes on a more significant role. Those are the times when I'm desperate to hear from Him. I've cried out and been so honest regarding my feelings about people, situations and when life seems so unfair. I'd rather tattle to God than to call all my friends and share things that I might later regret. I heard Beth Moore say that once and I thought it was good advice.
I had the opportunity to spend time in Carmel, California one summer with some friends. It was a good time in my life and I remember taking long walks along the beach. The smell of the salt air and the sound of the crashing waves was so calming to me. I could easily hear God's voice during my times of prayer and enjoying the beauty of His creation.
However, I've recently experienced a time of much pain. After living in our beautiful dream home for twelve years, we had to downsize and move. Our last night in this house was spent on blowup mattresses since we sold all of our furniture. So much was happening and I remember crying out to God.
Where are you Lord?
I learned that He hadn't gone anywhere. I had become so distracted by my problems that I wasn't listening to Him. I couldn't hear His voice. I had to remember Psalm 46:10
"Be still and know that I am God."
A wonderful reminder so that we can hear God speak in our pleasure but also in ...our pain.