15th February 2016
If you want to get in touch with God, take a look at His work….
“O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!”
A great modern praise anthem puts it this way:
“From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation’s revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming ‘Indescribable, uncontainable’”
I enjoy taking a prayer walk, especially in woodland or other beautiful countryside. Doing this helps me not only get things in perspective as I see reminders of God’s greatness and of His care. I also find that my own thoughts are stilled, and I am more in touch with myself.
I remember a very helpful conversation with our bishop when I started as a curate thirteen years ago. I asked him what he found helpful to stay in touch with God with his busy schedule. Since then I have followed his pattern of taking a regular day of retreat approximately every month.
The main agenda of these retreats is to slow down, to get in touch with God and to get in touch with myself.
“…news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:15,16)
How are you doing?
What would you like to do in response to Jesus’ example of balancing a busy life by withdrawing to pray?