Tip: When you go on a trip, leave the house early and be ready to pull over for spur-of-the-moment photo-ops. I promise, you won't regret it!
The moment I stepped out of my car, I was struck by not just the beauty, but the peacefulness of the above scene. Typically where there is a highway, one would hear highway sounds- tires on pavement, the occasional loud car radio booming. But here? This road was desolate; I heard the breeze blowing over the grass and trees, crickets and a bird or two chirping; far in the distance, the faint sound of a sheep pasture.
In this day and age, many of us forget what quiet and peace sound like and how important they are. We are so caught up in the noisy, busy rush of day to day life that we forget to take the time to find a peaceful place to think about and pray to God. The Lord says, "Be still and know that I am God..." (Psalm 46:10). We need that stillness. We need to spend time exaulting and honoring Him with our prayers and by pouring out our hearts to Him. Apart from learning about and talking to God, we cannot cultivate a true relationship with Him.
The book of Psalms contains many of David's prayers to the Lord; take time to read through them. Whether you are in a time of peace or a time of trouble, the book of Psalms is packed full of examples of how we may come before our God in prayer.