Recently I posted about time I spent away in California that was transforming for me. Experiencing, in a completely unstructured way, the mountains, the sea, the warmth of the sun, the chill of the wind; as well as visiting a new church and seeing faces representing the world’s diversity of people groups, was satisfying and rejuvenating for me. This rejuvenation came at a time when single, professionally-and-spiritually-burnt-out me, needed rejuvenation. It was a successful retreat.
My friend Bonnie is a Harvard educated stay-at-home mom. She relocated to Virginia so that her husband could pursue graduate studies at Regent University. Bonnie mothers three young children, and spends her days creating a beautiful and peaceful home for her family, while trying to stretch a limited budget. For her, spending time alone, much less time alone in California, is as likely as her walking through her closet to Narnia. But when I last spoke to Bonnie, she told me that though time and privacy are in short supply, she often has moments that feel like retreat with God. These moments surprisingly occur for her in the shower. Something about the ritual of bathing giving her mental freedom, and the steady warmth of the water soothing her senses, I think. Bonnie finds Godly insight, direction, and peace, even when not explicitly sought, in these few moments that she is alone and, literally, naked before the Lord. This is a successful retreat.
It seems, then that it is God who draws to retreat. We go on our way willing to seek, but not necessarily knowing how we will find, where we will find, or what we will find. On our journey, though, unerringly, the Seeker of our souls finds us, and we find that we have had a successful retreat.
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