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? 
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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous on October 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Thank you Cathy I often forget.

  2. CathyChung on October 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    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!

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