And the mild weather we're enjoying this week will turn into highs into the 40s this weekend...
But that won't make me back down from wearing my flip flops...that takes snow!
So Day 22 ~ A Gift Silent, A Gift Still, and A Gift Strong
I am so grateful for the gift of silent solitude.
I used to think myself "strange" because I do have a need for solitude...quiet time...time to remove myself from the clammer and yammer of our society. It's not just something I like...I need it.
Jesus also found the need to be alone...alone in nature, alone with His Father, alone with His disciples. And yet it was always a retreat from His ministry, His mission -- to be able to continue to do the work His Father game Him to do.
Such is the way with what I do...day in and day out...without the gift of silent solitude (especially spending it with Him) to which I can retreat ~ I would be faced with chronic burnout and be ineffective in all my efforts.
There were several nights when we were when on, vacation a strange thing would occur...the clouds would lower as we were high in the mountains...the stillness of the mist rolling in transformed the appearance and aviance of the landscape into a different kind of beautiful wonder...a site not seen where I live in Ohio. What a gift!
And a gift strong ~ it can best be expressed by quoting Psalm 18:1-2:
I love you, God ~If God is for me...who can ever be against me?
you make me strong.
God is bedrock under my feet.
the castle in which I live,
my rescuing knight.
My God ~ the high crag
where I run for dear life,
hiding behind the boulders,
safe in the granite hideout. (The Message)