This past weekend, I had the opportunity to unplug, step away, and be renewed. Chap, Will and I spent three days on Cumberland Island, off the coast of southern Georgia. We packed our tent, hammocks, clothes, and food to prepare for two nights of camping under the live oaks. There are not many days when I do not know what time it is or when I am without cell service to check messages and emails. I was able to just be present with my family and experience the creation that God provides.
Not every moment was magical or perfect, but it truly was a needed break in our daily rhythm to recharge, reconnect and refocus.
Where do you go to recharge? How do you reconnect with family or friends? What works best for you to refocus on what is most important?
I would invite you to look ahead in your week, month or season, to set aside a little bit of time to do this important work.
Jesus tries to make time for this to happen when he is with the disciples. In Mark's account of the feeding of the 5000, it begins with this, "The apostles gathered around Jesus. They told him all they had done and taught. But many people were coming and going. So they did not even have a chance to eat. Then Jesus said to his apostles, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place. You need to get some rest." So they went away by themselves in a boat to a quiet place. (Mark 6:30-32).
Some images from last week that helped me
stop and appreciate God's creation.