My favorite place in the world is probably my parents’ lake house. It’s in the middle of nowhere, my cell phone doesn’t get signal, and my 4G slows to the speed of dial up. I am actually able to say that I couldn’t get someone’s calls, texts, and emails when I’m there.
Remember a time before cell phones? When you could leave the house for a while and nobody would be able to get a hold of you? No one would know where you are. Today this is a foreign concept. We live in a world where we are accessible at all times. We hold at our fingertips the ability to communicate via phone calls, text messages, social media, and so much more.
But when I am at my parent’s lake house, there is nothing but silence. I can sit down by the water, and it seems as though God speaks a thousand times louder while I’m there. In thinking about it this last visit to the lake house, I realized that actually God’s voice isn’t any louder by the lake. I am just quieter.
As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer. (Luke 5:16 MSG)
If Jesus, the Son of the living God, needed to get away to pray in quiet places how much MORE do I need that time away? So often we think God isn’t speaking, but I think we just aren’t listening. My daughter, Brailey (who is 9 years old), and I were talking the other day. She was telling me, “Mom, I have learned that every time I talk to God, He always talks to me in return. He may not do it right away, but He will respond to me.” Our greatest privilege in life is that we are able to talk to the Creator of the universe!
I challenge you this week to get away for an hour, just you and God. Begin to open your heart to Him. I promise when you talk to Him, He will talk back.