Enjoying milkshakes with Grandparents.
Starting a snow ball fight at a rest stop.
Pulling off to pose for pictures at mountains and canyons.
Sampling Alien Jerky.
Cruising the Las Vegas strip.
Touring Hoover Dam and a bridge that is very, very high.
Lining up for parades and roller-coasters and churros at Disney and California Adventure.
Shopping at the Old Town General Store.
Lounging on a Pacific Ocean beach.
Petting rays, holding sea stars, watching dolphins and orcas and penguins at Sea World.
Walking in a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.
Eating the juiciest turkey ever with some of the people I love the most.
Playing games and watching movies with family.
Criss-crossing ten different states on the journey there and back again.
Yes, we need to withdraw from time-to-time. It doesn’t have to be a trip of 3,600+ miles, but it does need to be far enough and long enough to allow some recharging and reflection. Clear the head. Restore the spirit. Reboot the server.
I like the simplicity of how Luke’s Gospel records Jesus’ example.
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)
Withdraw to a “lonely place”. A place where you can center yourself. A place where you can focus.
For Jesus, the point of withdrawal was to pray. Putting himself in a space where he could commune with God. Not an escape from “work” or “duty” or “responsibility”, but a withdrawal – a retreat – to create the room needed to listen for and experience God in an intimate and personal way. To receive the fuel needed for work and duty and responsibility.
I was able to do that on this vacation. It was long overdue and much-needed. I pray I will not wait so long to withdraw to a “lonely” place. I pray you won’t either.
Life is better together,