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Who doesn’t look forward to a vacation?  A few days away from the mundane, the ordinary, the routine…  Time to make new memories and perhaps discover new interests or a new favorite destination…  Hopefully even a few moments for quiet reflection and a refreshed soul connection with God.

Tomorrow, the children and I head out on a five-day, four-night Spring Break trip to NE Georgia.  We’re looking forward to visiting with long-lost relations at our family reunion.  We’re also gonna catch a glimpse of the Confederate Constitution during its one-day appearance on April 26.  (My son is a Civil War history buff.)  Hopefully, we’ll find some time to hike, play at the playground, enjoy nature, and just relax.

But first, there’s the “getting there.”  Anticipation, preparation, some frustration and changes in plans.  Some sighs, some thoughts of “Will we ever get this all together in time to leave?”  And then, the moment arrives – it’s Launch Time.  T-minus Zero.  The wheels are a-rollin’ and we are on our way!

To me, this feels a lot like my faith journey.  Expectations, tasks, emotions all change throughout each day.  There are times when I feel like my relationship with God is at a standstill, and then there are times when I feel like He and I are about to take off on some amazing adventure together.

Vacation is a break from our everyday lives.  We get away in order to get some rest and some perspective.  (And sometimes, the chance to eat a meal without having to be the cook and dish washer!)  But here’s the question: What do we do when we return from this brief respite?

We bring the rejuvenated spirit back into our daily routine.  We return with a fresh appreciation of our lives and families and homes.  And, hopefully, we have experienced a renewal in our souls that sparks fresh fire in our Christian faith.

This is my hope and prayer for our upcoming vacation.  I want to come back home with gladness and joy, ready for the busyness of the coming weeks of spring and summer.  I want to exude contentment and steadfast faith in my Lord, as I strive to recognize amazing ways to serve Him in the ordinary, routine, and mundane.

I pray that you have a good week, and make the time to reflect on God’s peace, strength, and comfort – freely and lavishly provided for each day. 

Psalm 139

    For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

 1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

 5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

 13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

 19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.