I think it’s about time I get out and go.
I’ve yet to leave the state for any reason other than to learn, serve, or work for over a year, and that’s becoming a nagging, ever-present realization in my mind and heart.
I need to leave for a little while.
Not the kind of leave that is normal, that’s just getting out of the house. But the kind of leave that embodies the essence of the word:
go away from
cease attending or working for
It’s essential for our hearts to experience leaving; to experience the freedom in the ability to leave for a while. Not forever, just for a time.
We need this because it causes us to be reminded of the truth that we don’t hold all things together.
It’s necessary for us because we begin to look around and within, and we gain a deeper understanding and clearer picture of what’s really going on, what’s really important, what really matters.
It’s a non-negotiable because God doesn’t negotiate with our rest. He commands us to do it.
He demands retreat from the familiar, me-focused, me-driven daily lives we all lead most of the time, if we’re honest, and invites us to follow Him to a place of dependency, of rest.
So, that’s what I’m going to do. Soon enough, I’m planning a solo retreat away from the familiar for a few days. Hopefully there I will rest, receive peace, and gain a clearer vision for my life.
I bet I’ll have fun, too.
Have you felt the Lord leading you to rest, to get away from the familiar and quiet yourself long enough to breathe and realize that Jesus is with you? When was the last time you just got away and relaxed?
Maybe you don’t need to. Maybe you just took a vacation or a retreat.
But, I bet a lot of us need it.
God rested. So can we.