My Favorite Getaway

So whenever I’m faced with a stormy season in my life I always want to get away.  I want to go somewhere beautiful so that I can clear my head and try to feel better.  I used to believe that places with palm trees would take my stress away or maybe a place with a beach would turn my frown upside down.  I figured that places with lots of water as the scenery would be just what the doctor would order.  My obsession to find these special getaways got mad real.  I would search all over my city, near and far, to find a serene place of peace yet I never felt satisfied with my destinations. 

One day recently I was reading through my word.  If I can be transparent, I was just reading initially but then I came across the passage of scripture that said “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalms 91:2)  This passage captured my attention pretty abruptly.  It was almost like David himself jumped off the page and said “HEY JESS! Read this one again!”  I was going through a really tough moment in my life.  I was stressed over a lot, dealing with some pain and heartache so naturally I was looking for a place to drive to so I could clear my mind.  This passage stopped me in my tracks because as I read it a second time and received this word that sometimes I don’t always have to drive to a peaceful place, sometimes that place I’m yearning for is just a prayer away. 

I took some time to pray a little deeper on this passage and as I’m praying I started feeling that peace that I had to drive somewhere to get.  I swear to you I think I made the Lord chuckle because I literally said out loud “this was the best getaway and I didn’t even have to use any gas!”  I literally would search all over and never could quite find what I was looking for.  I never quite received that peace I needed in that moment, but in the moment that I fell to my knees something changed in my situation.  God wants us to know that when we go to him through fasting and prayer, we are escaping to the most beautiful place beyond Earth.  We find refuge, safety, and peace at the feet of our Savior.  Going before God is now my favorite place to go.  The clarity that comes along with that trip is beyond what any man-made place could provide.  Sitting before the throne of the Master is where we find our healing, our answers, and our solutions.  So the next time you find yourself just needing to get away because the stress of the world is getting the best of you, fall on your face and just call on the name of Jesus.  See where you end up!