Matthew 14 : 22 – 23, Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. NKJV
There’s something unique about living in the mountains of North Georgia. It’s the place that many people travel when they are on vacation or when they just want to get away from it all. It doesn’t matter where you live or where you go when you need some time to be refreshed, as long as you take the time to get away.
Jesus showed us the principle of separating ourselves from the crowd by His own example. Many times in the gospels we read where Jesus would just disappear and head to the mountains to pray and seek His Father alone. As a pastor, I hear people complain about having to stay on the job and needing a break but can’t afford to go anywhere. You can get away with the Lord and not even leave your property. Simply find a quiet place where you can concentrate on the Lord and abide.
Vacations are wonderful for getting out of the office and away from the everyday duties and drudgeries so that you can clear your mind and rest your body. But do you ever consider that you need time away just to refresh your soul in the same way that Jesus did in the mountains near Jerusalem? When we grow weary in well-doing it opens the door for the enemy to begin to attack our weakened state. This doesn’t always call for a trip to the beach or a scenic trip up to a mountainous get-away but it does require that we find our own little sanctuary. We all need a place of solitude where we can be alone with the Lord and allow Him to wash over us with His love and presence.
The Bible tells us that we can be replenished in times of refreshing when we take the time to seek the Lord alone. If we neglect setting the time aside to be with the Lord and allow Him to pour back into us, then we will become dull and drained. Our perspective on life can become skewed because of being or feeling worn down.
This is not a time of fleshly indulgence but rather a sacred time of sacrifice where you’re main objective is to be filled with the power and goodness of God. Once you forsake everything in an effort to be filled with the Lord’s goodness, it gives opportunity for the Lord to capture your full attention. Now you’re in a position to experience the presence and peace of God unlike anywhere else. When we sacrificially honor the Lord by seeking Him alone, He will visit us in a very real way that empowers us with fresh vision and new life.
Headed to the sanctuary of His presence,
Pastor Asa Dockery
Pastor Asa Dockery