Last week, my family and I got to spend the week with our friends at their lake house in Blue Ridge, Georgia. When they first asked us, I’m not sure I hesitated with my answer. I love the mountains and loved the fact that my children were going to swim in a lake for the very first time. I counted down the days until we could get to fresh air and cooler temperatures.

If you have never been to this part of the country, I’d highly recommend it. There is something special about the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can feel history there.
While some towns in this part of the country are growing, technology is still trying to get there. We quickly discovered that our phone carrier did not have the same kind of power it has back at home. About the only thing I could do was send/receive texts, make phone calls and receive emails. Outgoing emails and Internet were not for the impatient. Day one was slightly frustrating, but as the days went on, I embraced being unplugged from my phone and unless I wanted to compete with the children, the television as well. In a perfect world, I would have gained minutes, if not hours, of extra time during the day. In a perfect world, I would have had more time to spend quietly reflecting over the beauty that surrounded me. However, in my real world, there were nine children under the age of 10, ten adults and four dogs at the house. It was organized chaos. And not only that, my three children all chose to sleep in the bedroom with us. My time was quickly turned upside down.

Because my children were sleeping in the room with us, my morning routine was off. I had one child in the bed and two on an air mattress at the foot of the bed. If I woke up early, I held my breath so as to not disturb them and wake them for fear they’d be exhausted later in the day. I could not figure out a way to get up and get somewhere to spend my quiet time with the Lord. On the first day, I tried to sneak it in between activities, but keeping track of three kids who don’t see the necessity of quiet time quickly got in the way of that. Our bedtime routine consisted of all of us going to bed at the same time. I tried to hide out in the bathroom, but even that disturbed everyone when I tried to find my way to bed in the dark.

In addition to my difficulty in finding a way to still have my quiet time, we were with a group of unbelievers. I was quickly not only unplugged from my electronics, I was unplugged from my believing friends with whom I can have deep discussions with. It was almost surreal to be in those surroundings. It was easy to see my life before Jesus saved me and also to see how easy it is to fall back into the trappings of the world. This trip served as a way for us to be a beacon of light for some of them and plant some seeds. It also confirmed for me where Jesus has called me. There is a huge mission field right smack dab in the midst of the middle to upper class. They have so much, yet they have so little. The Lord has allowed me to dwell among this people group and in response, I am called to serve Him there. I can’t stand alongside them and watch them continue to be unplugged from their Savior.

While I didn’t get my quiet time with the Lord everyday, I was still able to see His beauty all around me and thank Him for what He has done and is doing. I realized the morning after we got home how much I missed my quiet time with the Lord.
I know that being unplugged from the Lord is not where I want to be anymore. I missed Him, but more importantly, I know how much more He missed me. And, I know for a fact, He misses all of those who have yet to call out to Him.

"As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me and my God will certainly hear me." (Micah 7:7 NLT)

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

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