Most of our lives are too busy already. We work hard every day and then run from one event to another. Many of us are desperately busy and when we do find a few moments to relax, we just don’t feel very refreshed. The TV may temporarily numb us, or the restaurant may fill us, but very few places or activities honestly refresh us. We need an oasis; a place where the inner soul in refreshed.
It was about 1992 when I first learned where my Oasis was. I was a missionary in Uganda and loved the ministry, but was constantly away from home and with people. I started taking one morning every other week to be alone with the Lord. I would read scripture, and maybe a book, and then just talk to Jesus. I worshiped Him as I looked at the starkly beautiful Rwenzori Mountains where we lived. I thought about His amazing qualities and praised Him. I remembered His goodness towards my family and thanked Him. I poured out my dreams before Him and found Him giving me His own dreams in exchange. Those mornings were my Oasis. It wasn’t just the change of pace, or the books I read. It was the time alone in His presence that refreshed me. I walked away from each of those mornings with a renewed and invigorated joy and purpose.
I still maintain personal extended prayer times. I find them invaluable. But I’ve learned as well the spiritual Oasis that comes when brothers and sisters pray together. This community Oasis is so powerful that I find it is almost as if I’ve been on a quick recharge cycle. Each Wednesday evening, at 7:00pm, we have an Oasis here at HPBC. We spend 90 minutes in prayer together, in the North Atrium. Interspersed with songs, our prayers are focused around a different passage of scripture each week. The richness of this hour renews my strength every time. From young adults to mature saints, we bow together before our Father. The time flies by, but the refreshment endures.
Do you need an Oasis? More than a break and more than relaxing, do you long for deep spiritual refreshment? I would challenge you give Oasis on Wednesday night a try.