This week, my family and I are enjoying some time away at one of our favorite places to relax–a cabin in the woods in nearby West Virginia. Suited perfectly for rest and refreshment, it is a home that has a wall of windows that looks out onto the tall, mature trees. The house also has a wonderful screened porch to be able to be in nature without being in nature. Internet and cell reception is spotty, so it’s a great place to disconnect and reconnect with God and loved ones.
In addition to reading, watching movies and playing board games with the family, one of my favorite things to do here is feed the deer. Once the food goes out, at least eight deer come closer to the property to feed. It brings to mind Psalm 42:1:
As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. (NLT)
So often as a leader, I can get bogged down with details of the ministry–scheduling, ordering/purchasing supplies, deadlines, lesson-planning, recruiting, email–and lose focus of the God I serve. Do I take time each day to acknowledge God before I go about my day? Do I ask for His will to be done and not my own? Food for thought as I gear up for the upcoming ministry year.
What about you? Does your soul long for God? How does He bring refreshment to your soul?