“How lovely is Your dwelling place,O LORD of Heaven’s Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of The LORD. – Psalm 84:1-2
About 470 miles west of where I sit is one of our state’s great treasures, Big Bend National Park. This past week I traveled out for a weekend in the park with 17 guys from a couple of groups I meet with each week. We had an incredible time together, and we also had the opportunity to spend some time alone. In our solitude, we were able to experience the Presence of God.
Out in space, with friends and without distractions, my mind slowed down. I rested. I was able to think longer thoughts, and listen to The LORD more clearly. I was overwhelmed by His creation. I’m not a geologist, or biologist, so I don’t have to figure anything out, I could just sit and soak up His incredible creation. And as I did, I noticed more of who God is. Stars, upon stars, after more stars enveloped us at night.
We survived the long drive and wicked winds our first night out without any tents falling over. As I looked around in the morning, seeing my brothers alone, reading God’s Word, looking at His creation and soaking up His Presence, I knew the journey was worth it.
“What joy for those whose strength comes from The LORD,who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.” (Psalm 84:5)
Clearing our schedules took effort.
People had to cover for us and thankfully our families saw the value of our time away.
Breaks in our fast paced lives rarely are given, or granted. We have to make effort to go. But it’s worth it!
“A single day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!” - Psalm 84:8
My encouragement is to take a journey. Gather a few of your friends and go to a place where you can be quiet and disconnected from the loud hum of life. Sit under stars and feel small. It’s not so bad to wonder if you’re going to have a great night’s sleep, the wind will collapse your tent or if a big animal is sniffing you from just outside of your tent. We survived. Our meat perimeter kept the bears at bay. There’s something in your soul that needs to be quiet with your Father. It’s worth the effort to go to a place where you sense you are in His courts.