Going on our recent camping trip was a time of refreshment and rest. It was exactly what I needed. God has used the quiet whispers of the wind in the forest, cold refreshing mornings, and the relaxing time by the fire to make me realize how many distractions there were in my life. I needed it and God has faithfully and graciously provided a way for our family to be able to go and enjoy His creation.
During the trip I was able to refocus. I realized that all of the dead lines, bills, schedules were taking up so much of my attention that I wasn't allowing to hear from God, to seek His direction. While camping I meditated more on His word, on His promises, and His salvation. I was able to get to know my brothers and sisters more and see God's faithful hand in their lives. It was so encouraging and refreshing to see how He moves all around us but sometimes I'm just too busy to see.
Of course it doesn't mean I need to take more trips out of the city, although that would be great, but that I need to dedicate more time to the Lord daily. I need to do it more at home, at work, while driving, when I first wake up in the morning. I want my heart to be like His.
Throughout the trip Psalm 1 kept coming to remembrance:
“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Blessed is the man who delights in the law of the lord, day and night writes David in his psalm. I want this to be true in my life. I want to grow daily. It is God's desire for us, to get to know Him more deeply every day, to draw closer to Him. I feel like in the past few weeks I “flat lined.” Instead of growing my relationship with God, I just remained in place. I wasn't fully engaged. I feel like I went through my days not asking what God wants from my day but what I want. I took over the reigns and got “lost”. It is my prayer that we would all meditate on His word, day and night, seek His face and grow in our faith, drawing closer to Him daily.