This week I escaped with my husband for a three-day retreat at our favorite getaway. We needed a break because our ministry schedule has kept us going non-stop for months and the pace is about to step up another notch. Besides, our 29th wedding anniversary is this month and our tradition is to celebrate with time alone, away from emails and phone calls.
Today I woke early, brewed a cup of coffee, wrapped myself in a duvet, and settled on the couch. Normally I rise early, have my quiet time with the Lord, and then dash off to the gym. But this morning was void of rush. I basked in the silence and watched the sky turn pink. As dawn broke, I marveled at multiple varieties of seabirds bobbing on the saltwater a few metres from our cabin. And I meditated on God’s grandeur and goodness.
This moment was truly one to savor. If I could summarize it in few words, I’d say I felt surrounded by God’s presence in this place. How affirming to find my feelings validated when I opened the Word and read the following verses:
“For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you…Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD” (Psalm 32:7,8,10).
Sometimes busyness can cause us to forget, overlook, or take for granted God’s active presence in our lives. We know He’s with us, but we forget to what extent. I’m thankful for an opportunity such as this to pause and ponder His promises. When I leave this place tomorrow, I’ll head home refreshed and encouraged, reminded that God surrounds me no matter where I go from here or what the future holds.
How about you? Have you had a chance recently to pause and ponder God’s promises? If so, what did He say to you?