I took some time off last week from work and, as it turned out, from God. I didn’t start out planning a vacation from God; in fact, I was planning just the opposite. I thought that with some time away from the pressures of work I could actually spent more time with God. The opposite actually happened—I left God at home for some reason. It was like I was trying to get away from everything, except for my wife who was physically with me. So, when I got back home God greeted me with his thoughts starting with a scripture verse that screamed at me.
His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:21
Removed from God we are simply lost. I had a good time away from work, played a little golf, and relaxed but something was definitely missing. It was God. We are more complete, can do way more than we ever can imagine, and are on steady ground when God is not only close, but is embodied in our lives. I’m not talking about walking around spouting scripture verses, fashioning a halo, or wearing religion as a new coat. I’m talking about simply living a life that has God at the center of it. A life that is living God’s simple command to LOVE as manifested by how we deal with and treat others around us. I’m talking about letting God’s power work in and through us, and his love to flow through us to everyone we encounter. Everyone!
We need to take more vacations to God, rather than away from God. In fact, I think more daily vacations with God—in simple prayer, meditation, and reflection—make the need for physical vacations less. Our ability to cope with work, stress, and everything else in our lives is easier if we put ourselves in God’s infinitely capable hands every day. That’s because, “His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine.”
Take a vacation today. Spend some time with God. You’ll be amazed at the results. It took me a vacation away from God once again to realize the vital, critical importance of God in my life—to let God’s power work in and through me.
Have a GREAT vacation week!