But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
If Jesus Christ, God come to earth as man, realized the need to withdraw from the crowds, pressures and distractions of everyday life, we need to learn to allow ourselves that same privilege. We need to commit a time to retreat from life’s demands on us, and to unplug, so we can listen for the voice of God.
I remember a time when I was helping prepare for a women’s event at our church. On the morning of the event, things weren’t going smoothly. A more mature Christian friend of mine must have recognized my frustration, because she came close and asked me if she could pray for me. I remember breathing a sigh of relief and saying, “Yes. Please pray for me. I feel like my soul is in a wad.”
Sometimes our souls can just get in a wad.
As much as we would like to have it all together, or at least appear that way, I would venture to say that for the most part our souls are tangled messes. We need to know that our lives aren’t designed to remain as chaotic, scattered messes. We need to be able to see our lives the way God sees them; experiences woven into something orderly and meaningful. Our lives aren’t just random fragments of unrelated events we’re expected to muddle our way through. Every experience, every pain, and every passion are all connected for a purpose. For something orderly, meaningful and intentional.
We are created to live intentionally.
But until we can get away and let God untangle the mess this world can make of our souls, more than likely we will just meander through life bumping against people and bouncing off possibilities without making a lasting mark where God has placed us to make a difference for Him.
Retreat isn’t just a luxury; it’s a necessity. Retreat is something Christ modeled for us. So, I challenge you to commit to escape the distractions and retreat with God. Whether it’s a time and a place on your own, or with us at one of our upcoming retreats, I pray that you will recognize the importance to your own life and to the lives of those God has called you to impact for eternity.