A friend recently shared an acronym relating to the word, busy...
Most, if not all, things that busy us are good things in and of themselves. Yet busyness is a key tool our enemy uses to separate us from God- especially if the activity can take our mind or heart's attention away from God's ever-presence or nearness in our lives. One might call it the plague of distraction.
I hear many people talk about Tivo-ing their favorite TV programs to watch at a later time. While this is a handy tool for the TV/entertainment medium, let me remind you that God, and His Spirit, can not be Tivoed.
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:6-9
I don't know if you've considered this, but God frequently tests us- and often at times that may seem inopportune.
Have you felt the Holy Spirit tug your heart to stop what you're doing and pray with somebody at a specific moment? Has God ever quickened your heart to stop what you're doing and listen to His voice for a few moments? Maybe He's prompted you to take a different route on the way to a destination you're traveling to? Did you obey in the moment, or did you attempt to Tivo Him (put Him off until a more convenient time)?
If we're honest with ourselves, we've all Tivoed God (placed our endeavors, schedules, concerns, plans, etc.) ahead of God's in a specific moment in time. It happened to me a number of times this past week.
It's not pleasant to realize when one's put God off for their own selfish desires, schedule, or busyness. Often, what God planned to do or share in that moment is lost. Other times, He may offer a window of grace for us to repent and immediately follow Him in His prompting. God is working to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ- so sometimes the lesson is best learned through us realizing our error, but also losing the blessing we may have received as a result of our delayed obedience. Tough lesson!