With all the spring break vacations just beginning or ending, it gives me time to reflect on the gift of vacation. Vacation is a time away from the everyday life. I love going to a beach and just relaxing everyday watching the sun rise and set. It is the perfect vacation for me. I am sure many of you have different ideas of what a great vacation looks like, but mine is the beach.
Vacation provides me with a much needed get away and enables me to forget about what is going on at home in order to recharge my soul. What better time for this to happen than smack in the middle of Lent! Since I am trying desperately to spend more time with God each day during Lent, a vacation allows me to do this easily. Ahh, but how many of us take this opportunity to spend more time with God?
When we are face to face with the gift of many relaxing days, we often choose our own selfish desires over spending more time with God. I know, I do it all the time. I choose to sleep in, to read some gossip magazine on the beach, to go by the pool, to play with my kids, to take a jog on the beach or to go out to eat. Are these things bad? No, but where in your vacation have you planned a little time for God?
Does your vacation checklist include time for God? I know somewhere on that packing list, you must have planned out how you will spend time with God each day. After all you are packing your towels, your beach toys, your groceries, your boogie boards, your board games, and your puzzles: where is God in all this? Are you packing up your devotionals, some religious reading, or maybe your bible? Makes you think, doesn’t it?
When we are taken away from the hustle and bustle of life, we need to remember to place a little time in there for God. He isn’t asking for much – just a little conversation in the morning or while you are sitting on the beach. Before you even get out of your bed – thank Him for this beautiful gift of a vacation, for this marvelous gift of another day with your family, and for allowing you a break from the busy schedule of life. After all, He is the reason you are able to enjoy this day. Right?