It’s that time of year when the busyness of life seems to increase at full force. Days, evenings, weekdays, and weekends begin to blur together.
It’s normal to have spiritual seasons that feel dry, and often current circumstances can affect this. You aren’t alone if you experience times where your faith feels stagnant. I think we all long to feel closer to God, for our hearts to be stirred, and hopeful to experience a spiritual awakening during dry seasons. Yet, often in the mundane of our days, meeting with God and opening His word becomes something we do as we go through the motions.
I bet a lot of us could use a spiritual retreat right about now. Some of us feel burdened, carrying the loads we long to lay at our Father’s feet. We deeply crave peace and reprieve. We want a connection with our Father. We want to feel connected to ourselves again, it can be easy to feel disconnected from both at times.
When we begin to feel this way it can be easy to fantasize a getaway. What a dream it would be to go away and experience silence and solitude, to prioritize time with our Father the way Jesus always seemed to do.
“And rising early in the morning, while it was still dark he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
“But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” (Luke 5:15-16)
“Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea.” (Mark 3:7)
“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12)
“And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.” (Mark 6:46)
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