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Helen Collier writes

As we move towards July, thoughts turn towards ‘holidays’. I am currently on holiday, relaxing on a beautiful balcony in sunny France. The challenge for us all when we are on holiday is, do we relax and unwind or do we unravel? - two very different things!

On holiday, we want a break from the ‘usual’ yet if that only involves eating, drinking and distancing ourselves from our real life then we can quite easily return from holiday disconnected rather than recharged. During a holiday we can often disconnect from our relationship with God. It’s as if in the planning of our holiday we forget to invite Him! He is our Father. He is relational. So why at these times do we head Him off at the pass thinking this is primarily a ‘me’ time, not a ‘God’ time?

It has been 25 years since I first sat here on this balcony with a young family of 6 children. Today, it can be my choice how much time I spend here with God. Back then, it was more like precious moments snatched. However, it results in the same thing. Holidays, vacations, time away are all opportunities God gives us to ‘break out’ of our cycle. Here, we can be inspired and brought back to life by fresh vistas, space and lack of everyday demands. We can freshen-up our secret place with God. This is a chance for fresh vision and fresh revelation! It is a time to regroup with our loving Father. It could be in an early sunrise, a mountain assent, a daily journal or a prayer whispered into a still night.

Whatever it is, whatever it takes, be radical, be daring, take a risk! Open up to God each day and cry out “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 136 v23-24 NIV)