Our vacations are few and far between. We try to get away on the weekend of our anniversary. When David is not scheduled to work on a holiday weekend, we take a short trip.
The last time that happened we went to Des Moines for the weekend. While driving to a restaurant we wanted to try, David said, “Look! That’s the church where Perry is the Worship Pastor. Do you want to go?”
“No,” I replied, “I’m on vacation.”
In August, we went to Mason City for the weekend. I felt convicted for not going to church the year before. I went online and checked out the churches. I waited too late, the service of the one I chose started.
Later that evening, I saw a comment on a Facebook group. The church I selected was the one Sarah attended. I could have met her husband and their new baby. (Sigh.) When I skip church, I am cheating myself out of blessings.
Today, God showed me in three different ways that skipping church while on vacation was unacceptable.
Numbers 9:12, “And the Lord spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they came out of the land of Egypt, saying: Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time.” Modern English Version
The children of Israel had traveled for 2 years! God told them to still observe the Passover. They didn’t wait until they entered the Promised Land.
I looked up the cross-references in a few verses in Psalms and found this verse.
Psalms 145:10, “All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you.” New International Version
I opened my email and found a video from Bethel.
I repented. The next time we are able to go away for a weekend, I will choose the church to visit first. All creation is worshiping God and so will I.