Dancing with the Voice Ninja Survivors
Last Monday into Tuesday I spent some time at Hidden Acres outside of Dayton, IA. Hidden Acres is the largest camp in Iowa and one of the larger camps in the Midwest. Hidden Acres has 640 acres of land and has 850 beds, 75 buildings, three ponds, an indoor swimming pool and gym, and over 100 RV sites.
They also have a cabin reserved for missionaries and those who work at a church to use as a retreat. This is where I was last week. The purpose of my stay? I wanted to get away and take a rest without TV, internet, or distractions.
As you can see in the picture above, I had electricity, my laptop, a fire, and some books to read and study. I spent some time praying, reading, and setting some personal and professional goals for the next few quarters. This proved to be a productive time for me to get away and spend time with God.
When I think of getting away, I think of this scripture:
Matthew 11:28–30 says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
I've noticed in my life that when things go bad, or I am worn out, I turn to God for rest and peace. And while there is nothing wrong with this, I also realize that I can get away and find rest in God even when things are going well! I don't have to be worn out, or tired, or burned out to go to God. I am free to rest in Him at any time!
The day I spent was like preventative maintenance for my soul. Just like changing your oil keeps your car running smoothly, taking some time with God does the same thing for your life. It keeps your heart, soul, and mind running smoothly.
Now maybe you can't take a whole 24 hours, but maybe you can carve out 30 minutes of your day. I know that might mean giving up your favorite episode of "Dancing with the Voice Ninja Survivors", or whatever it is that you like to watch, but 30 minutes with God will leave you more energized than your favorite TV show or scrolling through Facebook.
My prayer for us today is that we create time to get away with God and find rest in Him. The world is relentlessly trying to steal our joy, peace, and energy but in God, we have all we need.
Until Monday, Josh