All my life I have been encouraged to have a regular time in God’s Word every day. In addition to daily times in the word I have tried to have special times and special places to meditate on the Scriptures often surrounded by God’s creation.
Backpacking on North Manitou Island in Lake Michigan I rose early one morning to read and meditate. Sitting on a bluff among flowers and birds I noticed the commands of Jesus in Matthew to consider the lilies and the birds.
Another day while the birds were singing welcome to the morning, soon after sunrise, I hiked up to a hillside. The forest floor was carpeted with the wild violets of early spring. I meditated on the resurrection accounts and noticed things there I had never seen before.
One morning last summer I was in a canoe in the middle of a clear Lake in northern Michigan. The moon was faint in the pale blue sky. I was reading Psalm 89 and noticed for the first time that the Scriptures call the moon, a faithful witness in the sky.
Sitting on a huge rock overlooking a lake in up-state New York, I marked a chain of scriptures as God began to help me deal with sins of the tongue. When I read those passages to this day that scene comes again to my mind.
Once under a difficult personal attack years ago I took a day away at a remote dam. In the solitude the Lord directed me to a powerful promise of his protection, not only for me, but for my sons and daughters, that has proven wonderfully true over the years.
I have a regular place and a regular time to meet with the Lord, but I always look for special places and special times to be with Him. It is a refreshing way to seek the Lord.