This morning, while doing some devotional reading, I was reminded of the importance of finding quiet places for reflection and prayer.
When I take the time to get away from the often noisy environment of my daily life, I find that I am refreshed, renewed, and restored. I find that I am encouraged, empowered, strengthened, and ready to continue on the path God has laid before me.
Since moving to the greater Lafayette area, I have struggled to find that quiet place.
When I lived in Elkhart, I would often head to Bonneyville Mill County Park. While there, I would wander the trails and eventually end up sitting at the top of the observation tower. During this time, I would pray, I would listen, I would take in the experience of being alone in the midst of Gods creation.
When we moved to Muncie, I found the best quiet retreat was long the shore of Prairie Creek Reservoir. I’d sit on a rock as the waves crashed and enter into a time of reflection, meditation, prayer, and worship.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve not found that place in the greater Lafayette area. There are definitely some great places in the area…but I just have not had that “aha! this is it” moment.
This morning, I’ve been reminded of the importance of having that place. And, I’ve been reminded of my great need for those quiet times and quiet places for my own spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.
So, where do you go when you need to get away from it all? Where do you go to be alone with God?
“As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.” ~ Luke 5:16, The Message