Why should I spend an hour with the Lord when I do little with that time but think about people I am angry with or who are upset with me, books and pages that I need to read, and dozens of other silly things that happen to grab my mind for a moment?
The answer is because God is greater than my mind and my heart, and what is happening in this hour is not measurable in human success and failure. If I love God with my whole heart, mind and soul, then I should be able to spend an hour a day alone with the one I love. The remarkable thing is that sitting in the presence of God for one hour, day after day, week after week, month after month, even in total confusion and with myriad distractions actually, radically changes my life. Afterwards, I might think that the hour was useless, but after thirty or sixty or ninety such useless hours, I realize that a very small, gentle voice has been speaking to me far beyond my noisy mind, and life has moved on in the right way.
Adapted from Henri Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak.