I recently decided in order for me to get some exercise that I would take up hiking. I have never been much of a gym guy. I grew up on a farm in northern Indiana so my love for the outdoors is pretty strong. I try to get out 3 to 4 times a week and it has really been a great experience. I have noticed something very special that has come from this experience that I wasn’t expecting. It really has become a time of devotion with God. On the first few trips I would take my phone with me and listen to a book or listen to music. However, it just didn’t feel right. Now I hike early in the morning and I hike in silence. WOW! What an incredible experience!
The quiet is so refreshing. It reminds me of the verse in Matthew when Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I have to be honest I don’t feel weary or burdened but this time of quiet does expose the fact that my daily life is very “noisy.” That’s not to say that its all bad but just full of noise. Another observation that I have made is that it takes effort to create space for God. What an awful thing to say, right? But for many of us it’s true. Now that I have three kids as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning it’s go time. Taking kids to school, my commute to the office, meetings…etc. It can be real easy to not spend some quiet time with our Heavenly Father. So…my challenge to us is to create only twenty minutes a day to stop and read his word. Sit in a quiet place with limited distractions. Read the bible “analog” style. Your phone has too many temptations. If we create space for our Creator He will not disappoint. That is a guarantee!