Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Sour Mood

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Luke 5:16 (NLT) But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

My mood matched the blustery, drizzly 42 degrees as I drove away from my writers’ retreat in the beautiful hills of New Hampshire and it grew darker with each mile (my mood, that is, not the weather).  While on retreat, I had forgotten my cares in the outside world in order to focus on writing.  Those responsibilities weighed on my soul as I drew closer to home.

Recognizing my dread in returning was eye opening.  Why such a sour mood?  What’s the trouble?  God and I had 2 ½ hours of good reflection and prayer.

It’s hard to see a problem while in the midst of it.  We all know that.  We gain perspective by stepping away or asking advice from an outsider. 

The word that jumps out of today’s verse is often.  Jesus often withdrew.  He often left the crowds, and even his friends, to spend time with the Father.  He could have plowed forward, teaching and healing, but I’m sure he was more affective after assessing his work and refocusing.

How often do you withdraw?  Does it help?  (Click to tweet)

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  1. Thank you Cathy I often forget.

  2. I forget too. This morning I 'retreated' to a chair in front of a window with a view of the sunrise. It was a 10 minute quiet time. Refreshing. Yes, it helps. Thanks for commenting!