In about 4 weeks, I’ll be loading up my truck and making my way across the country back to the mountains of Colorado. This week, I received final details for that week including things to do as a prepared, including finding more time to just speak to the Father asking Him to open my heart to all that He has ready for me on this trip. I realized something. I’ve been on fast forward since last January, after my first trip out there. The Father grabbed a hold of me transforming every part of my life. It was real restoration. I think at this point however, I’ve almost become overwhelmed.
Just as I wrote the other day, walking in real relationship with God requires more of us than we expect. Since last year, my life has been moving fast. We’ve experienced more radical transformation in so many areas of our lives, in my home, than we expected. It’s been something amazing to experience. I do realize however, that if we are not careful, it can be very easy to be taken out again. It can be easy to fall back into ways of the false-self. It can be easy to put back on the fig-leaf. It can be easy to let the exhaustion of the pace leave you spent and vulnerable to the enemy who is seeking to steal, kill, and destroy.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life.” This is so crucial for all of us no matter where we walk with the Father. No matter where we stand. If we are not careful, our hearts can easily be taken out again. We are constantly battling with our sin nature and the enemy wants to use that against us. If we are not guarding our hearts, we can be taken out again and again. So the key, I found, is to pray the Father’s restoration through Christ, every day.
I know this seems simple. I realized though, this week, as I was beginning my preparation activities, that I allowed a little more distance to build again. I was trying to do so much, so quickly, that I found it easy to put off walking with God. I’d have thoughts like “Oh, I have to get work going early, so I’ll do that later” or “I slept later, so I have less time to converse with Him, read the Word, and journal…maybe tomorrow.” This does not make me any less of a believer, but I realized that I need to make restoration and renewal an intentional thing…everyday!
Restoration is crucial for. I realized that I need this time unplugged more than I thought I would. It’s like the Father orchestrating another rescue of the heart. Allowing me an opportunity to step back from the front lines and bandage my wounds and hit the reset button once more. I’ve wrote time and again about unplugging from the matrix that this life is. Do an honest assessment and ask yourself how often do you truly unplug? It’s crucial.
We need restoration of the heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit every single day. We also need times where we take days to get away from everything. Whether we retreat to wilderness, the mountains, or the beach. You don’t have to go to retreats to unplug. You can get away on your own. I realize I need this time each year. It’s more than just going on a family vacation, which can also be full of distractions. Find time to yourself to just be with the Father.
A friend of mine one told me he was counseled to do just that. He had become cynical in his faith and was told to make preparations and go away into the wilderness. Don’t even take his Bible. Just a journal to record what the Father reveals. He came back fully alive again, just as I did. This life can run you down, so you need His restoration. He wants to rescue you from this world. Just a Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
Be still. Why is this so hard for us to do? The Father is seeking to restore each of us. He is seeking to walk with us and guide us. He wants to speak to us and through us. We have to be able to shut out the rest of the world, and allow that. Why do you think Jesus always retreated to wilderness to be alone and to pray? He had to allow himself to be restored and stay in connection with the Father. This world can take anyone out. Jesus faced just as much, if not more, temptation from the world and enemy as the rest of us. He needed the time to stay connected to the Father and stay focus on His mission and purpose. We need time to get away and stay connected to the Father to allow Him to Father us, restore us, and keep us focused on our mission and purpose.