We went away for a couple of days. Just the two of us. Jeremy and I found a place not too far away, but far enough away to be alone with no distractions. A lovely Christian Lodge set in the woods. And, as it turns out we were the only two there with the exception of a couple of construction workers and staff.
I’ve always known it, but I was reminded of it yet again-I am my best self when I have alone, quiet, stillness on a regular basis. My mind needs to settle and my heart needs to reengage with itself.
Stillness was just was I needed and got during these couple of days away, tucked into a nest of woods, with no tv, no phone and no need to interact with anyone if I didn’t choose to.
What WE needed was time together after a very busy season of living. It’s just what we got. Time to sleep in. Time to walk in the woods. Time to talk.
I’m often reminded of the importance God has put on stillness and the level of busyness most of us take pride in. I don’t believe God ever intended us to be as busy as we are. He knows our soul needs refreshing and our minds need to be restored.
The Father walked with the first humans in a garden. He didn’t run, He didn’t multitask. He walked and talked. Have you ever spent time in a garden? Feeling the dirt beneath our feet and hands restores us. It reminds us to slow down.
The Son spent time away from his disciples. He needed his own time to pray and connect with His father. To listen, to quiet his spirit. To let the noise out for just a little bit.
When life is poured back into us we have strength to continue. But if we constantly give away, not only our energy will be taken, but our joy will be lessened. We must find time to get way, to be still and know that God is God.