Vacation from God…

I know it has been a long time since I blogged but, you know how life can work. Everyday we must make priorities and this was put on the back burner. Well I am trying to bring it back to my routine. This summer has been crazy and very fast. I mean the summer vacation season is almost passed. I started thinking about vacations…

Well, we are in the middle of summer and most of us have already taken our vacations or we are getting ready to take them. I would like to talk about vacations for a bit. My question that I want to ask you is, when you take a vacation is God included in that vacation? Listen to Psalm 139, “Where could I go to get away from your spirit? Where could I go to escape your presence? If I went up to heaven, you would be there. If I went down to the grave, you would be there too! If I could fly on the wings of dawn, stopping to rest only on the far side of the ocean – even there your hand would guide me; even there your strong hand would hold me tight!” From this Psalm, we can understand that there is no place in creation that we could go and be away from God. So, the issue that is raised with our vacations is that if we do not include God in our vacations we are really ignoring Him in our lives. In other words, we can’t take a vacation from God.

When you are planning a vacation how is God going to be involved in that vacation? One thing you can plan is attending worship. Taking a vacation does not mean you get to miss church. In fact, going on vacation gives us the opportunity to visit a different tradition in the faith. You know where you are going, look ahead and see what Churches are close. Maybe visit a Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran or Pentecostal Church. I for one enjoy seeing the different traditions where the Spirit of God moves. One of my favorite churches to attend is an Eastern Orthodox Church. Maybe try to attend a different cultural church. A Black, Korean, or Hispanic Church. God moves in all cultures and experiencing this can make your worship more meaningful when you get home. Make God a focus on your vacation. You might say, “well we are going camping away from civilization.” First of all, no matter where you go there is probably a church within a short drive. But, if you prefer not to drive then make time with your family to hear the Word and pray. The internet is an awesome thing if used properly. If you know you are going to be on vacation on Sunday then prepare a time to worship. Get on the internet and find a sermon from someone to read to your family, or share a devotion with them. Maybe take turns doing this daily on your vacation.

All I know is that when people go on vacation, God seems to be left out. Just think how better your vacation would be if you included God. As Psalm 34 tells us, “Taste and see how good the LORD is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy!” Also, what does this teach your children? When you exclude God from your vacation plans you teach your children that God is only important when it is convenient to your situation. How sad to think that you can escape God just because you are on vacation. You are not escaping God, you are ignoring God and teaching your family that this is “ok.”

I hope and pray you all have an amazing summer and some great vacations. God hopes this as well, but don’t forget to include the most important person in your life, God…

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