My friend Jon Butler blogged a few months ago about escaping from technology to spend time with God here: http://jonbutler.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/time-to-hear-god-speak-as-ifast/ I think this is a great idea.
Often, for me; tasks at work may overflow into an evening or weekend as I am trying to research a particular software for projects I am doing at the moment, or using social media, or looking at comedy, news and other things the internet has to offer.
This often means some stuff get put aside by all the things the digital age has to offer.
I have been thinking, something I think helps with this, is a some sort of zone or isolated spot away from everyday routine.
Back in Portsmouth there’s a cemetery near my parents thats quiet for walking through, but also Old Portsmouth and its seafront makes a good place to pray and walk around.
This a really idyllic place to spend quiet time, this is Ashurst in the New Forest, its a small town on a main road, not much more than a few shops, couple of takeaways, a pub close and a hospital I used to work at, down this little lane on the left…
This is Ashurst’s camp site, a place I spent time camping as a teenager, during the winter its shut, and its used as a drive in Christmas tree store about this (beginning of November) time of the year, and certainly also it seems when Google took these pictures as these forest ranger chaps are busy (click to get a better view) you just drive in the entrance, pick a tree and stuff it in your car. 🙂
The truly best part of this, is the woods you can walk around and places to pray in solitude during my lunch break back in the job I was doing in 2008.
Lately despite being last couple of years in Jerusalem, I find myself just indoors on Saturdays just wanting to relax, although its Shabbat (Saturday is day of rest for Jewish culture) and until a month ago, it gets fiercely hot during midday in a climate like this, I really need to get out and find places of quiet to contemplate and seek God I think…
This my balcony on my flat. I really like it, I think from now on this is the perfect place to sit with some coffee and pray before leaving the house in the morning. Actually my old room mate was a smoker so this part of his routine was being out here.
Would be interested from anyone on suggestions on how you cope with quiet places to spend time with the Lord…
Thanks for the shout out Jonathan, but I must give credit for the iFast idea to my good online pal Nick Welford. See his post here; http://nwelford.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/ifast/