It has been on my heart to spend some real time with God for quite some time now. What I mean by “real time” is a full day devoted to God like a retreat. That means no phone, no social media, no work, and leaving all responsibilities for a day. Leaving work and my responsibilities for a day means more work for me when I come back. The willingness was there, but I couldn’t ever find the time. Life would always get in the way. The truth is that we will always have things to do. Being busy is not of the spirit but of the flesh. I have written about how being busy is not how God intended us to live our lives. Busy is another word for distraction. Distraction is what will keep us from God. You can read about that article here.
The Lenten season starts tomorrow. For years I have celebrated Lent, but it has taken me a long time before I could truly understand what the Lenten season means, and I’m still learning more everyday. Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is the greatest example of love and forgiveness ever and somehow it is all too easy to forget. We forget the pain and torture that Jesus went through. We forget what the cross means.
When we go through hard times; what do we do? Do we sin and hold it inside our heart, and bottle it up, or do we lay it at the feet of Jesus? Our sins are already forgiven if only we give it up to him.
God loves us all so much that we can’t even fathom how much. This reminds me of the bible verse John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s hard for us humans to wrap our mind around that kind of love. What does God want from us? He wants us to love him back and to give our life to him.
Lent is a time to grow closer to him, to get to know God in ways we never knew him before. It’s a time for us to give ourselves to him. In doing so, we will grow and understand things that we never have understood before.
A Retreat With God
I took that time with God finally and put everything aside. I got a backpack and packed waters, bread, my bible, and a journal. I took off to some trails and went on a retreat with God. I spent the day in my bible, praying and writing in my journal. This was actually the first time I have ever devoted time like this to God and it was an amazing experience. It was raining that day and I had a heavy heart from some things that were going on in my life. I was able to be alone in the woods and finally give it all to God. I was brought down to my knees seeking Gods guidance, in desperation for direction. I can’t say all of my prayers were answered at that time, or that I got the direction I needed to be headed in, but it’s what happened afterwards that really surprised me.
After my retreat with God I received a peace and a kind of strength that I could only have because of God. My relationship grew even more after spending that quality time with God. This Lenten season I encourage you to spend some time with God.
I wanted to re-create my retreat on video just to show a glimpse of the love and peace I felt so this would encourage others to take time to spend the day with God. To check out the beautiful video click here.
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