We have been taking a look back at some of our early, foundational posts because we believe in the timeless wisdom.
I am on retreat today. It is a defensive retreat based on a breaking heart, diminishing returns and the beginning of an intense season of ministry for my family. (We run a Christian summer camp.) My afternoon retreat was going to take place at a city park beside a small lake with a trip to a favorite coffee shop at some point.
Instead, I’m working on Plan B, my retreat is is taking place in the hospital room of my 19 year old son, who got admitted last night. It’s Josh’s 69th night in the hospital over the last 9 ½ months. We are in a long-haul, very hard season.
In my life—again and again—the power, peace and Presence of God is most fully accessed in a quiet hour off the beaten path—no matter where I am and what’s going on.
I will give you treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by name. Isaiah 45: 3
Today my quiet hour will begin in Psalm 107:23-32.
When the time comes for you to slip away for an hour or a day this summer, this article may bless you as you launch onto holy ground.
Alone With the One Who Knows Your Name
How do you make the most of ‘Plan B’ situations?
Is This Your First Time Here?
Welcome! We’re a group that gathers around the theme, “There has to be a better way.” We’re finding it in the 4-word mission statement, “Run hard. Rest well.”
- It’s a journey into the heart of God. It comes our way through an on-going exploration of four biblical rhythms that revive, replenish and restore: Sabbath Keeping, Sleep (and other simple stress-reducers), Stillness—personal retreat, and Solitude—personal retreat.
- It’s an expedition that challenges us at every turn. It convicts us in deep, tender places. It alters our priorities and plans. It’s not for the faint of heart.
- It’s adventure at its best – as we learn to run the race in a power not our own.
4 thoughts on “Plan B”
Just wanted to say that I continue praying for Josh and his awesome family! I make that a pattern of daily importance. Your articles have been so inspiring and uplifting to me, Brenda. I can sense the tone of your spirit as the burdens greater. However, I also sense your dependence upon our Lord, who is a wonderful burden bearer! It appears Josh’s complete healing make come on the other side, which is fine, if that is God’s plan. Tell Josh to keep looking up…the Savior is closer than we may think. Love you guys. Rev. C.
Hey Rev C — relaying your love on to Josh. Thank you for the encouragement! God’s treasures are so tender. His faithfulness know no bounds.
I tend to be a creative thinker. Often plans a, b, c, and d, fall through. Yet, in just a few moments, God will help me imagine that walk on a gently sloping hill, with gentle streams and soft grass. Or we may find a place that is hidden within the hidden hollows of a weeping willow. Where ever my mind leads me, I hold my Savior’s hand and walk fearlessly into the glory of His world. Yes, even in a hospital room, He will meet me there. The one requirement is that I take off the pack I continually wear that contains my burdens, worries, and my to do list. I leave there before we walk. It will be where I left it when I come back, but after those moments with God, it becomes easier to carry.
Yes, Betty! Thanks for sharing.