I remember the story of an adventurer in Africa who was on a long trek with a number of African bearers. The bearers were able to carry heavy burdens and travel for days with little need for physical rest. About 3 hours into the trek, the bearers set their loads down, and found a place to sit quietly in the shade. Somewhat surprised, the adventurer asked why the bearers had stopped so soon. The reply: “We’re waiting for our spirits to catch up to us!”
When was the last time you really stopped, disconnected completely from noise, busyness, and technology to allow your spirit to catch up?
Most of us are not very good at sitting with longing and desire – our own or someone else’s. It feels tender. It feels vulnerable. It feels out of control. It is a place where one human being can fix or fill another, nor can we fix of fill ourselves. It is a place where only God will do.
As I prepare for the New Year unfolding before me, more than ever I am sensing that God wants desperately to spend time with me… undisturbed time. I’m planning a quiet retreat… no technology, no noise, no entertainment, no distractions. I’m excited. I’m terrified.
More to follow:….
PS: Thanks to Dominique Ourlin for suggesting this book.