Finally….we were able to take much needed vacation. Life has been so busy lately, with no time for extended rest and relaxation. I believe we all tend to put aside the time for real rest…soul rest, maybe not even realizing how important it really is for our spiritual and physical well being.
So…a week at the beach was just the ticket! When we finally had a chance to unplug, we really did. No phones or other electronics. No checking email or text and absolutely NO social media! Maybe not a recommendation for everyone, but for us it works!
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (ESV)
This is not a post to tell you how to “vacation” or unplug. There are a lot of books on the subject and I do highly recommend it, but that is not what this is really about.
“Why am I amazed” again and again? Unplugging, rest and good sleep open up space for God to surface to the top. I am speaking for myself here…in the midst of a hectic schedule, I often lose sight of what God is saying to me. I KNOW he is there in the background of the busy hectic life and I KNOW that he loves me and I have eternal life with him. That knowledge, like a soft, warm blanket is a comfort in itself…but what is He saying to me on a daily basis? Do I take time to listen to what He is saying TODAY? I am a little embarrassed to admit the truth…that I do not.
Back to vacation….resting and unplugging from the chaos (includes not watching or reading the news) had some profound effects on both my husband and I. After a few days our creativity returned and new ideas began to surface. Ideas that had been on a back burner for awhile, just waiting for the God space to open up.
Friends, I could go on and on about what God was revealing to us in that space where we could hear him clearly, but I will save that for another post (it is really good….just not ready to share yet!). What I want you to hear today is this….try unplugging from the chaos of your life for a few moments every day. Clear your mind of all the daily “stuff” and listen to HIS voice. HE is there and wants you to follow His voice.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.”
John 10:27 (ESV)
Take some time today to listen to His voice….you never know what HE might reveal!
P.S. God continues to speak to me and amaze me every day! I find his voice and beauty in nature and hope to convey that in my art. How does God speak to you?