We spent a few days recently at a lovely retreat house near Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Apart from the joy of being pampered with meals ready made just to our taste, it was so lovely simply to be in the beautiful peaceful surroundings. It was so easy to seek after God when you look out of your window onto a spectacular view.
There is something about the quiet places that makes it easier to draw close to our creator, while city centres tend to attract trouble. Crime seems to escalate where there is a high density population. Maybe that was another reason God wanted the people in Genesis 11 to spread out across the whole earth, rather than hanging around together in one great conurbation. God wants relationship with his people, and will go to extraordinary lengths to draw us into himself. In one big city, they would be less likely to look to him whilst they were taking pride in their mighty edifice.
Of course you can come into the presence of God anywhere, city or country, on land or at sea. And maybe folk are different in where they find it easiest. But we’ve really found gold when we realise that we can enter the presence of God anywhere. We can discover him as our strong high tower – that we can find refuge in him at any point in any day in any place. And how he delights when we come to him, just to spend time with him. That’s real refreshment.
For more information on this you might find this website helpful www.contemplative-prayer.com