I came home not needing anything or anyone. Something about walking in the quiet desert for a couple of days can do that to you I guess. I always like to take a step back and evaluate what God is teaching me through times like this. I think it hit me when I was sitting on Bell Rock, waiting for Rob to get down from the top (again.)
I think God wants to speak to me more than I take the time to listen. Sitting still and catching my breath for a few minutes I listened to the silence. I heard these words again and agian in my mind from Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Those few deep breaths on our trip away was worth every bit of work it took to get there and away from the chaos of our every
day lives. The peace of walking with God in the desert will carry me through a lot I think.
We can’t magically transport ourselves to places like this…but it would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it?
In my every day, walking around, coming and going life, I try to carve out a few quiet moments to be alone with my thoughts and alone with God. Usually this happens around the middle of the day when Belle is in her rest time and the girls are at school, or late at night when everyone is in bed. If I don’t get this daily renewal, I find myself getting off-center, grumpy, stressed…you get the idea.
What do you do to center yourself? Do you need quiet? Noise? What is your place and space to “get away” daily? Just curious.