A time of refreshing…

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

-Acts 3:19-21

I am on vacation readying to head into the Canadian wilderness tomorrow for a week with a good friend.  I will be surrounded by God’s beauty everywhere I look and it is good for the soul.  It is so important to detach from the gadgets, gizmos and stuff of our daily lives and find time to be truly alone with ourselves.  I look forward to fishing and paddling on crystal clear lakes.  I find myself just mesmerized by it all and just how small I am in the backdrop of this immense wilderness.

While this setting is so good for me in so many ways – it does fall short in truly meeting the greatest need of my soul.  That is the need to experience God’s grace and presence.  While I may feel closer to God in his creation – the only thing that truly makes me close is Christ.  And what stands between me and God is sin.  It can be so disappointing to see how much compromise I can allow into my life.  This not only separates me from God – but leaves me feeling unworthy to go to Him for the very grace I require.  I thank God for His Word which speaks truth into me life and reaches beyond the lies of the flesh and the enemy.  Over and over He says to simply turn from our sin and return to Him and He will restore us.

LORD, I AM unworthy.  I have turned before – and I have returned to sin in my life.  As David said, I have sinned against God alone.  Help me to see that my sin is a total affront to you.  So, I turn AGAIN.  I run to you and fall upon your mercy.  I pray that you will truly restore me this week as I have many hours of quiet solitude to focus on you.  Meet me in this time LORD and restore my soul, mind, body and heart to you.  And help me to glorify you in all that I do.

Thank you for your restoration.  Help me to know it fully and live accordingly. Please watch over my family and bring me back safely to them – as a better father, husband and man.

Amen

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