August 17, 2014 by Beth Hess
One week ago today I found myself alone at water’s edge. Behind me the lake house and 30+ women who had been my companions for the previous 50-something hours. Our hands raised and hearts open to welcome our Jesus into every crevice of our hearts. Including the messy ones.
Especially the messy ones.
“Put your toes in the water,” the Spirit whispered to mine. And I obeyed.
Because I knew our special getaway was coming to an end. And I didn’t want to miss a morsel of His goodness.
Weeks before, when I was first approached about attending the retreat, I knew the answer needed to be “yes” — even as my schedule and my stubbornness tried to keep me home.
But the restlessness would not relent.
Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2:10)
God himself was calling me to retreat.
Retreat. Rest and be refreshed.
Retreat. Step away from the battle to develop a better strategy for the next season.
Retreat. Apply a balm to my cracked and thirsty spirit. And reapply. Again and again.
Because sometimes the only way to move forward is to retreat. And regroup. And recharge. And reassess. And both recreate and re-create.
By Sunday afternoon we had done all that. Jesus & I. So I sat with my toes in the water, and there were no more words. And no need for them.
Perfectly comfortable sitting in silence with the maker of Heaven and Earth. With wet toes and a quenched spirit.
Ready to return.
Because time spent in the presence of Love will never leave you the same.
And now I am home. But still finding moments of Retreat.
The invitation has not changed. “Come away with me.”
And, again, I will obey.
I return each Sabbath for a fresh Word of the Week. For the God-breathed pages to come alive in a phrase or two on which to spend a 7-day feast. To meditate upon. To use as a jumping off point for whatever other words God would have me hear during the week. I would love for you to join the Word of the Week (WOW) discussion by adding your selected verse to the comments … or reflections on any scripture reading.
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