Rest. Relaxation. Peace. Stillness.
These are the pursuits of summer vacation. With hectic daily lives, getting away on a trip can be restorative and healing.
These are also the same pursuits for our relationship with God. My verse for this year has been “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Knowing God requires being with Him, sitting at His feet, and resting in Him. Learning to be still in His presence is a life long journey built by a series of intentional moments. Most days my life is so loud, chaotic, and busy that I’ve had to learn how to be still even in the midst of the loudness.
Getting away from the distractions of life and setting aside worldly cares opens the way to His presence and a way to rest. It’s in the presence of His majesty where the senses are awakened from a deep slumber. In the quiet stillness His whispers become audible. When the fog of life’s distractions fades away, we can see Him clearly. And as our worldly cares are cast away, we feel His presence surround us.
Vacationing this past week with three other families from my church gave me an opportunity to quiet my heart to hear, feel, taste, and see His beauty in a richer way. All that is beautiful, lovely, desirable, wonderful, and exciting in this life is but a glimpse, a taste, of the wonder and beauty that is God.
“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” Isaiah 43:2
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Luke 12:28
Counting His goodness and resting in His presence (#1620-1643)
Renting a house with a group of friends
A friend who is a chef who made us fabulous meals
Not having to cook all week
Kayaking on the river just after sunrise
Getting lost on a hike and finding our way back
Sitting on the deck with my husband and watching the sunset
Picnic at the park
Kids setting off rockets on the huge property
Exploring a sea of wild flowers
My husband discovering a fire truck on the property and getting permission to play with it
The kids getting hosed down, a homemade slip and slide, and going for a ride on the fire truck
Visiting old college friends
Holding a friends new sweet baby
Going for a walk and discovering an old barn
Geese covering the front lawn
No one getting poison ivy or ticks
Flying from our trip to Orlando to the Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Conference
Hearing Tim Keller, John Piper, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and other powerful and amazing speakers share the truth of Scripture in a deep and amazing way
Buying lots of new books:)
My friends support and encouragement as I step out in faith
Meeting a book publisher and having the opportunity to tell her about my book
Her expressing interest in it and taking a copy of my proposal to read
God’s sovereign hand in all things