I’m on summer vacation. The kids are off from school, and both my teaching and scoring jobs are over until fall. You’d think I had a lot of time to pray and have devotional time, right?
Actually, summer is the worst time for me, spiritually. I have no desire to take a vacation from God, but that’s the way it feels sometimes between trying to keep the kids busy and not having really any alone time unless I go into my room and close the door. Instead of doing lesson plans, I’m trying to plan play dates and day trips and keep football practice times straight. And there are additional messes to clean up when kids are in the house all day, and menus to plan since they are home for lunch every day.
Every year I think summer is going to be some kind of break from the busy-ness, and by the end of it, I realize that it may be the busiest time of the year (other than December and getting ready for Christmas). It’s so difficult to sustain any kind of routine when there’s no need to have one, and when there are different activities going on each day and each week. Even if I succeed in getting up early one morning, more often than not that’s the day the kids happen to get up early too.
And yet, I still need that God time. He has a way of making that clear when it’s been a few days or a week since we really got together. Not that I don’t think of Him and say little prayers from time to time, and go to Bible study and church and read my Bible and listen to praise songs in the car (and sing along, badly). All of that helps keep God on my mind, but I crave that time to be alone and focused only on Him. Much like any relationship, one on one time is necessary to get beyond the surface level and share what’s really on our heart and mind.
If you are not having regular alone time with God, I encourage you to sit down with your calendar and schedule it in. That’s what I plan to do for the coming weeks. That way, in between going to the pool and having cookouts and trips to the amusement park and running day camps, I won’t drift away from the one who makes it all worthwhile and meaningful. Maybe I will even get some writing done along the way.
And Happy July 4th to everyone! May we always appreciate and defend our freedoms!