Are you worn out? Tired? Losing hope? Discouraged?
It’s time to plan a getaway.
You need some time away from the chaos, away from people, away from the grind of life, away from even your hobbies.
You need this, and here’s how you can get it–free of charge.
Go find a quiet place and sit with God.
That probably sounds odd. Maybe that sounds too good to be true.
Can spending time alone with our Maker really make that big of a difference?
The Bible tells us it does:
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. (Psalm 73:28)
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:19-20)
In prayer, we can pour out our hearts to Yahweh, but we can also rest in His presence.
So often I forget that. I rush into prayer, make my requests, thank Him, and leave.
Silence can feel awkward. We are accustomed to fast-paced lives full of noise and distractions, but with God, we don’t need to rush. We don’t need to impress Him with our zillions of words, or well-phrased poetic prayers. Nope, sometimes all we need to do is rest in His presence, like Mary did:
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-43)
So…Do you need a getaway?
You can allow yourself today the privilege as a child of God to spend time His presence.