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Withdrawing

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I have a bit of a problem – pretty sure it’s not a new one to most of you.

The concept of withdrawing from the human race and all of its functions is very appealing to me.  In the past, I can tell you that I would give anything to have even just one day as a retreat.

I would hike, pray, read my Bible, tell God my dreams and desires, plan some things, read some books and get a whole lot of ideas about family, work, friends and church.

Here is my problem.

I have so many ideas, so many tasks, so many desires, so many dreams that I need to even slow down from those things.

Also, I am spending more time mentoring, more time engaging, more time with my neighbours.

So time away means more time catching up and then I can’t shelve the ideas and visions I picked up while away.

So I have stopped withdrawing because I am no longer being re-vitalized.

I am now learning the art of re-vitalizing while on the go.  I am not very good at it.  I miss quiet, miss the sound of birds, water, falling rain – but the sound of cars being passed by me or passing me is somehow becoming my quiet place.  As I am going, I am being re-vitalized.

I think that I am changing as a result.  My wife and I went to Maui this past year, and usually it takes me at least a week to get the noise out of my head to enjoy my quiet time.  This time, I was engaged in two days!

Maybe it’s not so much a problem as a new opportunity as I learn to walk with God in a different way.

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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