It’s coming to that time of year, when you can almost see the summer holidays but you’ve got one term left to go right? Whether it’s a week swimming with tropical fish, camping with excitable children or a load of lie-ins: everyone has their own idea of a perfect holiday.
Whilst getting excited for my holiday to Turkey this year – a chance to swim in blue sea and get a good tan – I started thinking about how much time I spend relaxing with God. I don’t retreat to basking in God’s presence as much as I would like to. However, God loves it when we give our time devotionally to Him, and through these times He will restore and speak to us.
Recently, in one of our girls YPF life groups, we have been looking at Old Testament figures. We learnt about Daniel with the topic ‘Making God part of our everyday life’ which was led superbly by one of the girls. Daniel was significant because of his focused times of prayer, ‘three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed’ (Daniel 6:10), Daniel retreated to rest in God’s presence every day.
Many of us, me included, feel like we don’t have time in our busy schedules to get down on our knees and pray once a day, let alone three times. I do firmly believe God understands this, but we can adapt to make God part of our daily routine in other ways. For example, praying whilst washing up. There are many times in our day when we are doing mundane tasks but instead of being bored, we can use these times to retreat into God’s presence.
I’m sure you know the rest of the story of Daniel, he gets thrown in with the lions for praying to God, but God shut the lions’ mouths so he survived. God used this part of Daniel’s life to show others his power. In the lion’s den, in the hard times and in our struggles, God is present. We can seek Him, retreat to pray, relax in His presence and soak up His word whenever we need to.
‘My soul finds rest in God alone’ Psalm 62:1.
When can you rest with God this week and experience His power and strength in your life?
Love – Caitlin Collins
(Youth & Children’s intern).