Take a break, but be careful how you do it
Written by Pastor Jon Heeringa

I was convicted recently. I was listening to a sermon by a friend and he mentioned how he had caught himself escaping to binge watching Netflix and praying less. That stung because while it isn’t Netflix for me, my distractions are just as useless.

Maybe you can relate. You are tired or need a break, so what do you do? Scroll through social media? Watch TV? Play a video game? Eat? Exercise? Some of these are better than others but none hold a candle to time with the Lord.

So after being convicted, I hit a spot later that same day where I just needed a break and decided rather than a few minutes of playing a video game or checking on my fantasy baseball team, I would try to pray and read scripture instead.

God has a way of confirming his word to us, and I was drawn to Psalm 46. The Psalm starts with the words, “The LORD is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” You see it don’t you? Notice the word refuge. God is the one we can go to when we need to escape.

Notice also the word “strength.” God is the one who can strengthen and renew us.

So, next time you need a break, turn to God and let Him be the One to do just that.