“Come away with me by yourselves
to a quiet place and rest awhile.”
In her One Word Coffee Link Up, Bonnie Gray encourages her readers to read this verse, focus on it, and determine what draws their attention. What word or thought speaks to you today? Take it from this Scripture or whatever passage you may be reading today.
For me, the phrase, “Come away with me” stands out. It is an important reminder that I need to be setting aside a little time each day, separating myself from my daily work and worries, to focus on God’s specific word and direction for me.
I spend a lot of time on the computer and on the Internet. It is an amazing source of information. I can look up new recipes; I can map out directions to a nature reserve or dog park; I can find videos of songs I enjoy. As Holley Gerth says in What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days,
“When it comes to information, the internet is a brilliant source. Yet long before computers were even thought of, a greater source of wisdom existed. … The only trouble seems to be that he tends to be a lot more vague than the search results on our screens. We want a recipe for chicken, and all we need to do is click Enter for five million results to appear. Then we pick one and we’re ready for dinner. But when we want a recipe for life, the process isn’t as clear. We can become frustrated when we confuse knowledge with wisdom. Knowledge is about information. Wisdom is about transformation.”
Today, I invite you to step away from the computer, from your phone, from everyday distractions and busyness to listen to God’s whispers to your heart. Read from a favorite devotional, participate in a Bible study [I miss the ones my neighbor in Kentucky organized], or use the Internet to find some inspirational blogs. There are so many good ones out there.
Whatever route you choose to take to “come away” with Jesus, just do it! You will experience a closeness to Him and an inner peace and strength that will help you get through whatever life throws your way.
“Lord, thank you for being the source of all wisdom. I’m glad I can come to you when I’m not sure what to do. I trust that you will hear my heart and be willing to answer.” [HG]