I am really looking forward to a vacation with my young-adult son. We’re going to Durango, Colorado for the western experience: breakfast trail ride with cowboy stories around the fire, a jeep ride in the canyon, white-water rafting, Mesa Verde National Park—the works. It’ll be good to spend that time together in such a beautiful location.
The only problem is, vacations upset the spiritual routine that I rely on to keep me consistent with God. Vacations mean living in close quarters with someone whose habits are different from mine. Adapting to a new environment. Being away from my prayer spot where reflection and engagement with God comes easily. And, to be honest, being more self-focused. After all, isn’t vacation about getting away, relaxing, and having fun—about taking care of me?
Thankfully, prayer is about relationship not regimen or ritual. And because God and I both care about our relationship, we’ll find ways to stay in communication with one another. What exactly they’ll look like I’m not sure yet. Maybe I’ll let you know when I get back. But for now, does anyone out there identify with my vacation-and-prayer challenge? How do you keep in touch with God when you’re in vacation mode?