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Change of Scenery

May 17, 2011

Here in Texas, we’ve been blessed with some unseasonably cool days that have extended our Spring into what is normally a hot, sticky month of May. My husband, Tom, and I have been trying to take advantage of the nice days by getting as many outdoor chores done as possible – a race against time to beat the onslaught of summer heat. We haven’t wanted to come inside, it’s been so temperate.

The other day, on the spur of the moment, we pulled a table outside, threw a tablecloth on it, and ate our dinner in the pasture. The sun was getting low enough in the sky to cast a golden glow over the setting, and suddenly an ordinary supper became a celebration. The breeze was wonderful, there weren’t any bugs (too early in the season) and the food tasted delicious. Flash, my donkey, nonchalantly loitered on the other side of the fence, hoping for some attention and the whole scene lent itself to fun conversation and enjoyment.

That’s what a simple change of scenery can do.

A change of scenery is good for our devotional life too. Sometimes, I’ve taken my Bible and coffee cup into different room than I normally sit in – just for a new view. Or sat outside in a lawn chair so I can hear the birds sing while I ponder what I’m reading. It seems like taking a break from the “norm” and seeking out a different setting can open up my ears and heart in a way that sitting in my same ol’ spot just doesn’t.

Where do you have your devotional time? Do you have a “usual” spot for reading and praying? Try mixing things up a little by sitting in a new chair, a different room, or by going outside. Grab your paper and pencil and see what happens. A change of scenery might just inspire some new thoughts and dreams, and open your heart to hear God speaking.

Rachel Anne

I’d love to know where you’re spending time with God today!