I’ve been on vacation for several days. Since Friday, to be exact. We went all over the place. First up to northwest Arkansas to celebrate my youngest sister’s graduation from college. Then down past the southeast corner of the state into Louisiana to visit Doug’s parents. (The state seems small until you try to drive from one corner to the other, by the way.) We ended with a day trip across the state line into Mississippi to visit the National Military Park in Vicksburg before returning home early Tuesday evening. It was fun to get away and see family, but it was also fantastic to get home.
Obviously, my presence on the blog has been affected by the traveling, and probably will continue to be affected through the remainder of the week as we will have my mom coming for a couple of days and then a friend coming for a few days after that.
A lot is affected when our routine is out of whack. The amount of sleep we get. How well we eat. Our physical activity. Our desire for a good nap (I’m feeling that one right now!). Our firmness with our children.
Unfortunately, our spiritual walk is often affected as well. I know mine has frequently been. Why is it so easy to forget to abide?
I confess that during all of this traveling I didn’t have a full-fledged sit-down, study my Bible, journal, and blog quiet time over the past week (hence the silence of the challenges). I did do some of my Bible reading, but my brain didn’t always process what I was reading very well as the children played and the adults chatted. But, as I look back over the days away, I know I still communed with Him. I still talked to Him. I still interacted with Him. I can honestly say that I did not take a vacation from an active relationship with Christ this time around.
What does your relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ depend on? It is so important for us to study His Word and withdraw on as regular of a basis as possible to be quiet with and focused on Him. But, what if life strips those chances away from us? What if we didn’t have His Word to read every day? What if we couldn’t get alone for prayer time with Him? What happens when life gets in the way of that carefully planned time? Can we still abide?
I say we can – and we must. We must learn to abide in Him no matter what. I think of how many times Jesus’ own solitude was interrupted by the masses or disciples pursuing Him. Yet, He still maintained a beautiful communion with His Father.
Vacations come and vacations go, as do other interruptions in life. May we strive to make sure, though, that they never pull us away from a consistent abiding with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.