Where’s Your Place?

I feel closest to God when I’m near the water.

There are two places where I always feel connected to the Lord in a special way, and that’s where they both are. I frequent the dock at the lake a few miles out of town. The stars are so bright and beautiful out there, and I’m always amazed by them. I also love going to the rocky Oregon coast when I can — the waves crashing in and out is so mesmerizing. I spent this weekend in a little town on the coast called Cannon Beach, and it was such a great getaway.

I’m not sure what it is exactly, but something about both of those places never fails to remind me how big God is and how small I am. I get something there that I can’t get in the everyday hustle-and-bustle of life. I have to get away and be out there.

It’s where I clear my head best, where I break before God, where I receive answers I’ve been waiting for.

I guess it’s not so much the water itself — although I do love that — so much as it’s me purposefully getting away to be alone with the Lord. I have to be intentional about setting apart time to go to either of them. Then I go out expectantly.

With all that said, I guess what I’m asking you is: do you have a “place?” Somewhere you can be alone with God? If you don’t, I would encourage you to find one. (It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant; it could be your bedroom!) Wherever your place is, go out there frequently. Set aside time on purpose. Go before the throne of grace expectantly. When you seek after God with all your heart, he will never let you down.

So… Where’s your place?


Inside Jokes with God

In my experience, inside jokes are the best ones. It’s the stuff that’s only funny to you and one or two other people. It’s usually pretty silly, and it makes absolutely no sense to anyone who wasn’t involved. It’s stuff that actually means something because it’s born out of a “you-had-to-be-there” moment you’ve shared.

I have inside jokes with God. Yup, I said it.

Well, I have one inside joke with God, I guess, not really multiples. You know what it is? Psalm 46:10. That’s it.

What makes it an inside joke is that it’s only funny to God and me. You probably didn’t see the hilarity, did you? But it makes me chuckle every time. It was a verse that God gave me a few years ago when I was impatiently praying for something that — hey — I’m still praying for today. “Be still and know that I am God.”

I shrugged it off in that prayer time without thinking anything of it, but then I started seeing it everywhere. In devotionals. In songs. As the verse of the day in my email. It was crazy! And that was when I knew that God was totally pranking me. He wasn’t going to let me get by without picking up on the joke we were sharing. Hey, Hannah! Be still! Know that I’m God! You rascal! (He might not have said all of that.)

To this day, I still smile when I see it. It might be because I’m still waiting for that thing that I was praying for way back when. It’s become an inside joke with God and me. When I’m feeling impatient, he tells me to be still. It’s a reminder that I’m being silly because everything is in his hands. It’s become one of those things where I’m sure God is looking down and saying, “Ohhh, you,” with a warm smile because he knows I’m overreacting to something he’s got under control.

Whenever I see that verse, I know God is smiling back at me, his impatient daughter. We laugh together about it, I’m sure. I remind myself to be still and know that he is God. I know I probably won’t ever master being still until I’m in heaven with him, so this is one enduring inside joke, let me tell you. It might seem silly, but that’s the point of inside jokes, right? Maybe you had to be there.

Do you have any inside jokes with God? Verses you see everywhere that hit way too close to home? A song on the radio? Something else? Let me know in the comments!