We started a tradition some years ago in our family that has fast become one of my favorites. We head to the mountains of Colorado for a week at the beginning of August every year. We live in Dallas so a week away from the hottest days of summer is very much what the doctor ordered.
The camp is a wonderful time of refreshment and connection as a family and as a community of adoptive and foster parents. It brings me much joy to watch my children run and play with their friends while we sit on the rocking chairs and talk to other parents on this journey.
As much as I enjoy the time of adult conversation and rejuvenation when we are there, I used to feel guilty that I was just sitting around and “doing nothing.” I couldn’t rest like I needed to because I couldn’t fully engage in the downtime, I was too concerned about what was not getting done. I was being Martha when I needed to be Mary.
This year I decided to be like Jesus who often withdrew to the wilderness. I tried to leave my laptop in my bag more than ever before. I spent more time with my family and others than I ever had in years past. I found time to engage others and sought solitude to pray. I made the beautiful mountain my wilderness. I rested.
We can all so easily get caught up in all that we “have to” do that we forget to do the things that we need to do. We need to rest. We need to pray. We need to withdraw to the wilderness. We need to be like Jesus.
Lord, thank you for the beauty of the wilderness. Too often we get so caught up in our to-do lists that we forget to follow your example to withdraw and to pray. Help me to find my strength and rest in you. In Jesus name, Amen
“Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer” – Luke 5:16 (NLT)
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