It seems like this happens every year. I go on vacation with my family and we go to the beach where some of God’s most majestic creations are literally right outside my slider door. However, I tend to forget about God when I come here. How is that possible? I mean I watch the sun set over the ocean and think “Oh how beautiful!” then I see the sun rise in the morning on the other side of the ocean and think “Oh how breath taking!” I sit out on the balcony drinking my coffee and think “There is no place I’d rather be right now than looking out over the gorgeous glittering Gulf. But somehow, I forget about the one who created all of that.
I wake up to greet the sunrise and forget to pray because I’m caught up in the show. I stand on the beach with my feet skimming the water’s edge and forget to thank God for the blessing of being here. I sit at an out-door restaurant with my family while we have a picture-perfect view of the golden sunset and I forget to think of the artist that painted this picture with no brushes.
It always amazes me to realize the tools the devil will use to make me forget about God. I can get out of my everyday zone and my routine is off so I don’t do the things I’m used to doing at home. Hmm, is that what my devotional life has become? Part of my routine? The devil will use even God’s own handiwork against us if it works. We get off our schedules and what has been a “I never start my day without prayer” has become “Did I pray or read my bible today?” I want God to be a part of me, like an arm or a leg or a heart. Yes… I want Him to be my heart. I never go anywhere without my heart. I want for my first and last thoughts of the day to belong to God. I want to reflect on Him throughout the day at home and on vacation. I would never go away on a trip and not take money or clothes. I want to take God with me just as I would take those items.
Romans 8;38 says “For I am sure that neither death nor life nor angels nor rulers nor things present nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Did you see that? Not anything in creation… this has been the very tool that the devil has used to try and separate me from God. I am so drawn to and mesmerized by the beautiful creations that I forget about the Creator. Who in the world would stand and admire a piece from Michelangelo but turn down the opportunity to sit down with him and discuss his work? Why do I turn down the opportunity to sit with the creator of the universe after viewing a portion of His creation all day long? I love the Lord with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. So, it’s time to put that declaration into practice. Lord help me to bring You with me everywhere I go and in everything I do.
Now I know that when we go on vacation, we are out of our rhythm of things and as humans we are prone to forget what the pattern has been. Therefore, I don’t want you to think I’m being too hard on myself or anyone who falls into this same category. This has been quite an observation for me and just something I want to change. So just like everything else that I think needs tweaking, I’ll ask for my Fathers help with it. This is something we can all do and He will help us. God is not bringing the hammer down on us and saying He won’t remember us just because we didn’t remember Him. Thankfully He is much more forgiving then I can be and simply wraps His arms around me, leads me to a chair and says “There is so much I want to tell you…”
I want to hear what He has to say, don’t you?