Pastor’s Column: Retreating to Ponder Creation
As I sit on the deck of our Retreat facility overlooking the beautiful green grass, a forest of deciduous trees and small pond, I ponder the power of our Creator and grandeur of His creation. Many of us don’t take the time to relax and enjoy His creation. Those in full time ministry have tremendous expectations placed upon them. They have little time for relaxation and time away. Too many demands!!! Yet, if we look to scripture, there are examples of Jesus taking time to be alone, to spend time in prayer, and taking time to be strengthened physically, mentally and spiritually.
“But He (Jesus) would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
Mark 6: 46
“And after He had taken leave of them, He went up on the mountain to pray.”
“In these days He went out to the mountain to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God.”
These are just a few of the examples of Jesus going off to “retreat” from the demands of the ministry. My question is, if Jesus felt the need to retreat to a quiet place and pray to His Heavenly Father, to relax and get regenerated, why do we think we don’t need to do the same? Anyone in full time ministry needs time away for spiritual renewal, mental rest and physical rest. This can come in the form of studying God’s Word, sleeping, napping, taking walks, praying, enjoying a cup of coffee without having to hurry off somewhere, or just sitting in a chair enjoying God’s creation. But it needs to be away from the hustle and bustle of every day demands.
“…there are examples of Jesus taking time to be alone, to spend time in prayer, and taking time to be strengthened physically, mentally and spiritually.”
“If we invest everything we have into our relationship with God, we will experience the full dimensions of being children of our Heavenly Father.”