Getting away from the routine and the pressures of everyday life is a necessity. Getting away can be the key to a much needed attitude adjustment. Getting away can help us feel refreshed, revived, and able to face daily life with a renewed sense of strength, energy, and optimism.
My husband and I regularly set aside time for getting away together. At least once a year we schedule a long vacation without family or friends. We schedule weekend trips or day trips for the two of us. This weekend we are taking a trip to Baton Rouge. We love being active and are taking our bicycles to ride. We love sporting events so we will attend a LSU football game. Getting away to enjoy life together is a great reward for both of us.
Be Intentional About Getting Away
If we don’t intentionally take time for getting away together, we won’t. When we let getting away slip from our intentional agenda, we experience dissatisfaction in our marriage. Husbands and wives need time together. We need to enjoy life together and focus on one another. Times like these refresh and renew our relationship.
Getting Away Benefits Our Relationship with God
We can parallel many aspects of our relationship with our husband to our relationship with Jesus. God ordained earthly marriages to be a reflection of our spiritual relationship with Him. God created man and woman and established the institution of marriage. Marriage set the stage for our relationship with Jesus. Paul addressed the marriage relationship in Ephesians 5:20-32. He identified marriage as a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church. The final marriage in the Bible is the marriage of Christ and His church in Revelation.Therefore, we can know that our relationship with Jesus has many parallels to marriage.
- Getting away with our husband is necessary for the health and strength of our marriage.
- Getting away with Jesus is a necessity for that relationship as well.
When we take the time to separate ourselves from our normal busy lives and spend time focused on Jesus, our relationship with Him is refreshed and renewed. Jesus needed time alone with His heavenly Daddy.
And when He sent the multitudes away,
He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.
Now when evening came He was alone there.
If getting away was important to Jesus, don’t we need it?
When was the last time you separated yourself and focused on nothing or no one but the Lord? If it has been a while, don’t feel guilty about it. Just do something about it.
Forget the dishes in the sink. Forget the clothes on the laundry room floor. (The laundry never gets complete anyway.) The work on your desk will be there when you get back. Getting away with Jesus will make cleaning the kitchen, washing clothes, and completing the work on your desk not so daunting. You will have a renewed sense of connection with Jesus and daily life will feel a little fresher.
Set a time and commit that time to focus on God alone. Read the Psalms. Use a devotional. Work through a Bible study. These can be great tools to help you focus on God.
King David spent a great deal of time getting away with God. Getting away with God was important to him because he had experienced the benefits. Notice the benefits he identified in Psalm 16:11. Those benefits are there for all of us if we will be intentional about getting away with God.
“You will make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy;
In your right hand there are pleasures forever.”