My friend and I are planning a Retreat of Silence. She’s going to fly in for our Retreat and I’m … we’re … so excited to be setting aside time to do this!
The sound of silence … an opportunity to be quiet. To listen to the music of creation. To pause awhile and to hear the Master’s voice.
I’ve been asking myself what I hope to learn … to gain … from our retreat.
- Is it a new perspective on my life?
- Clarity in seeking His will?
- An opportunity to sleep for as long as I want with no responsibilities tugging at me for a few days?
- Is this time away from “the world” going to be selfish?
- Is it simply a time to step away from noise – the hum of technology, human chatter, people in general?
- Is this an escape or is this an opportunity for spiritual rest & renewal?
As many know, my life is currently in a season of transition and I’ve been wrestling with lots of questions:
- What is my passion?
- Where is my heart?
- What am I going to do next to earn a living wage and help to keep a roof over our head, food in the ‘fridge, & clothes on our backs?
- Is any of this lining up with what my Father’s will is, where He’s calling me to focus my talents and energy?
- Am I living a life that glorifies Him or me?
So I’m continually asking & answering: What do I hope to gain from this experience?
This is what I know: I’m looking forward to …
- time to reflect on what is really important
- an opportunity to worship and adore the Creator
- refreshing rest & sleep … both are almost nonexistent these days and things I desperately crave
- Walking in quiet, stopping to listen, to pray, and resting in stillness and solitude
- listening for His voice, His nudging, His prompts – free of hourly or daily time constraints
- gaining a clear focus of where He’s leading me
Excerpted from my journal this morning …
I long to have a relationship, a walk, a journey, like Enoch did with God …
To be so familiar with God and He with me, to be in such an intimately close relationship with Him that one day we’re walking together and then in the next moment, we’re home together … at His home. For all eternity.
To be so intimate with God my Father that nothing in this world would measure in importance or significance … or priority … than to be with Him and do His will and be so passionately burdened for this hurting world around me that the only thing I say or do is to serve others and lead them to Him.
To be so laser-focused on being His hands, feet, and voice to the hurting world around me that everyone I encounter won’t be able to deny the fact that they heard the Good News … that they know Jesus died for them – that God loves them so much. So very, very much.
What do I hope to gain from my Retreat of Silence?
To hear. To see. To walk. To rest. In Him.