A Vacation with Jesus

Spending time in God’s Word is unquestionably key to a deeper walk, a closer relationship with Him. This is something I have learned both academically and experientially. But somehow, even though I make it a regular habit to spend time reading and studying God’s Word when I am home, often when my schedule is disrupted because of travel or other interruptions, my Bible study time diminishes. This is a trend I am sad to admit, as it indicates a certain ambivalence on my part about the time I spend with the Lord in His Word. It also suggests a need to assess my priorities and values in times of adjustment and change.

This week I have had the privilege of working in Nepal with several fellow ex-pats, a group of Nepali Nationals, and a team of Christians from different tribes of Nepal. It has been a huge learning experience for me, the best part of which is how much time we spend daily poring over the Scriptures–studying them, discussing them, reading them, hearing them in various languages, and rejoicing as the meaning is grasped and the message is written down in a new language.

By design, even though my schedule and my life are in total upheaval–I’m in a completely different time zone, culture, hemisphere, continent–I am finding myself saturated with God’s Word, both as we work together, and during our “free time.” The exciting by-product is the feeling that I’m on vacation with Jesus! I think I’m experiencing just a tiny taste of heaven–every tongue, tribe, and nation, worshiping together around His throne.

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