I consider myself a spiritual person. I communicate with God constantly through prayer, mental dialogue, or open discussion. This past weekend I wasn't able to attend my regular church service and found myself somewhat removed from my normal spiritual weekend experiences. I didn't notice this until after God gently reminded me that he was still yearning for time with me.
I had some alone time (from my 3 children and wife) and decided to get some exercise. I drove to the beach put my inline skates on and took off along the beach. It was beautiful! I had my music and the ocean breeze on my mind. I stopped at the end of the trail, about 4 miles away, and sat down for a few minutes to take a break and check my phone for messages. Got up and returned to the car. To my surprise I didn't have my car keys and was locked out.
I always turn to God for challenges in life. All of sudden it hit me. I hadn't talked to God, like I normally do, during my exercise time. I laughed sheepishly and asked Him "Can you please help me find my keys" I felt a strong breeze and realized He was saying "Why didn't you talk to me the whole time" I laughed again and responded "I'll go all the way back talking to you to find my keys" I did and the keys were right where I sat down to to check my phone.
On the way back to the car I was more energized, smiling, and talking to God about how much I enjoyed the exercise, the beach, the day, and my life. When I got back to the car I looked to the sky, smiled, and said "whatever it takes call me or remind me when you want me". I felt the strong breeze again and for a split second felt like the whole thing was a dream. It wasn't, two hours had gone by. But God gently reminded me to share my time with him. I'm cool with that!