Friday, January 27, 2017

A Respite and Retreat - Part 4

Mark 6:31 - "Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.

Today, I spent some time in Bible study and prayer at a little Chapel at the Conference Center. I went by myself, Linda stayed at the cabin. This was a little time of reflection and rejuvenation for my soul. Being about the Master's business can often leave us drained. That is why times of respite and retreat are so important.

I read about someone showing another person the features of their new smartphone. Suddenly, a shrill beeping assaulted their ears and they read a notification. Then there was a low humming noise and the screen went black. “The battery is dead and I don’t have the charger,” the one man said with disappointment.” Even with all its capabilities, the most important item of equipment needed was a simple battery charger.

When we go through life, often we need that recharge. What is most needed is God’s words at that moment. We needed strength. We need to be recharged. Even the strongest of saints needs encouragement. We get caught up in life’s challenges and stress. Our souls become tired. That’s when we can turn to God for encouragement and strength. Perhaps God speaks to us through a kind word from a friend or maybe God recharges our hearts through prayer and Bible study. When life feels draining and the next step is a mystery, we can seek the recharging power of a God whose love for us is immeasurable and unending.

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3 - "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." We need to place our trust in God, and sometimes this means that we need to spend time with Him in His Word and prayer.

Prayer: Most Heavenly Father, I draw aside for a brief while, just to spend time with You. I know that this time is needed, my batteries are drained, my strength almost fails, and I need Your rest and peace. As I meditate upon Your Word, it brings nourishment to my soul. As I pray to You, I am assured that You are hearing and responding. May I praise You as well as seek Your face. I can claim the promise that if I seek Your face, You will be found. Strengthen me for the tasks You have laid before me. Guide me, direct me, uphold me, and feed me. In Your Son's name I pray, Amen.

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