Today as Di and I were in our weekly prayer time (over the phone of course, because she is STILL at the beach!), much of our time was spent hashing things over with the Lord. Sometimes you’ve just gotta talk about. Sometimes you’ve just gotta talk it through. Sometimes you’ve just gotta share your heart. Sometimes you’ve just gotta lay it all out there for the Lord, just in case He missed something. And that’s what we did. We talked through every area of our lives. We got the Lord completely caught up on our circumstances, just in case anything had slipped by Him. And after a lot of time doing that Di said, “Lord, thank you for letting us hash things through. Sometimes we just need some hash time.” I tried not to laugh out loud during prayer, but I did chuckle – and made a mental note to bring it to you all in a devotional.
I’ve shared with you that on Twitter you use “#” to summarize your tweet, or to categorize it, and the “#” is called a hashtag. After she and I said Amen, I said to her, “Hashtag hashtime” meaning #hashtime. We can sum up our prayer time today as hash time. We can definitely put it in the category of hash time. We hashed things out with the Lord. And the amazing thing is that by spending hash time with Him, we both felt so much better! The burdens that were weighing us down were lifted at the end of our hashing. She and I do not share the same burdens, we do not face the same trials, we do not cry over the same stuff, we do not have the same list of needs, our pity parties are not at the same location with the same attendees. Yet we both needed some hash time with the Lord. And so we hashed it all out together.
Your burdens, you trials, your tears, your needs are different than mine. But they’re just as real, just as painful, just as urgent. Spend some time hashing things over with the Lord. Sometimes you’ve just gotta hash it all out. If you will take it to Him, you’ll find that He’s not at all intimidated by your hashing. In fact, He’ll lift your burden right in the midst of it. #hashtime
“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried out to my God. From his heavenly temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help” (Psalm 18:6 NET).
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22).
“Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the Lord’s temple and spread it out before the Lord” (2 Kings 19:14). I love this verse! As if the Lord had no idea what the letter said, King Hezekiah took it to the temple and spread it out. He laid it all out there, just in case the Lord had missed something. And then Hezekiah says…
“Pay attention, Lord, and hear! Open your eyes, Lord, and observe!” (2 Kings 19:16). Hello, Lord, are you there?!
Had Twitter been around in the Bible days, we could sum Hezekiah’s actions up with #hashtime.