Romans 15:14-33; 1 Samuel 29-31; Psalm 71
Sometimes we just need to get away and hide from the world. A popular meme on the internet puts it this way: “I’ve decided I no longer want to be an adult…if anyone needs me, I’ll be in my blanket fort, coloring.” We all have those times, don’t we? It’s said that John Wesley’s mother used to throw her skirt up over her head as the one way to get alone with God with all of her children. The psalmist echoed that same need to get away. “Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” (Psalm 71:3) Getting away from the crowd and focusing on God is a great way to develop your relationship with God and calm yourself down when angry or frightened. Jesus often got away to be alone with God. If Jesus needed to do that, we do too. At the same time, once we get that rest and rejuvenation, He calls us to go back into the world and spread the good news about Jesus. We withdraw from the world for a short time so that we can recharge our batteries for the work He has set out before us.
Lord God, thank you for the times of refreshing and recharging with You. Prepare me to go and serve.