“Take a hike” has been an old saying that expresses one’s irritation towards another person. Basically telling someone to “take a hike” is the same as “get lost”, “go away”, or “leave me alone”. This past Monday Kirk Taylor, the pastor from the Plains Church, and I took a hike together at Elk City Lake by Independence, Kansas. Together we hiked roughly nine miles up and down a rocky and wooded trail where we experienced God’s creation through birds singing, squirrels scampering, snakes shedding their skin, a breeze rustling the leaves, and the warmth of an abnormally warm September day.
There is a need in today’s day and age for people to take more hikes. There is a need to get away from everything that is deemed normal and submit ourselves to the quiet of God’s creation. It is in moments like these that we can reconnect with God, not that we literally were disconnected, but that we are at times unaware of God’s presence. So we take a hike, we get away, and by getting away we find ourselves.
Jesus did this often as he would find places where he could be by himself and pray. Luke tells us:
16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 (NIV)
At other times Jesus invited people to get away with him.
31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 (NIV)
There are times in our lives that we get so busy, so wrapped up in our everyday events that we forget to get away with God. We forget about the importance of taking time off to rest. That is part of the reason God created the Sabbath, that we would not only take time to be with Jesus, but that we would take time to rest, to recharge our batteries, and to reconnect with the Giver of life.
So my friends, take a hike, get away and draw near to the Lord. It is in him that we find the rest for our souls, a rest we are all way over due to receive.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
Pastor Scott Morin