Every year the women’s ministry at my church has a retreat. We leave Vegas to a beautiful town; the hotel is always cute. We decorate it and have amazing speakers and it is a wonderful weekend full of fellowship with amazing ladies, renewal and God moving. I have never been to a retreat where God didn’t move. Retreat is my favorite event of the year. I look forward to it, I enjoy it and I love growing closer with my sisters in Christ.
This past year, we went up to Zion and spent a wonderful weekend in the mountains. Our speaker was amazing and spoke about Sarah and Hagar. She gave a different perspective on how Sarah handled God’s promises and how Hagar handled the single promise God gave her. It was a great message about trust and settling into the season of life we are in.
We have a tendency to do that, you know. At least, I know I do. I try to rush through the seasons. Even the good ones, I’m always looking for at what is next. I do this, especially in a bad season. I try to rush through the bad until I get to the good. Just get me out of this bad. I still flip through my notes from this retreat, I have pages of notes from the speaker. It was so good. It was life giving and it really opened my heart for God to speak to me.
One message really dove into my heart and made a place there— Settle into the season of life you are in. Settle in and allow yourself to grow in it. Be okay with staying there for a while. As the speaker said, “settle in, plant the flowers, live there.”
I’m currently living in a season of live I have prayed for. If you are the praying kind of person, you know there are different types of prayers. There are the prayers where you are desperate and begging God for an answer. Then, there are prayers where they are almost like wishes in the back of your mind because you are too afraid to ask God for it. You know you want it, but you don’t understand how it would work so you don’t ask God because you forget how powerful God is. (Or maybe that is just me.)
I’m living in a season of life where I prayed and begged God for this. I’m living in a season where God gave me the answers and brought those little wish prayers in the back of my mind into fruition. The prayers I was too afraid to pray because I didn’t know how it would work out. God answered those prayers. God worked out the details I had no idea what to do with. Now I am living the life I have prayed for.
This is the season I need to settle into. I need to plant the flowers and move the furniture into the house of this season. I also need to enjoy it. I am definitely guilty of only looking to the future and what is next instead of just being exactly where I am. I came down from that mountain and started settling in. I am working on being present and living in the season I am in. Especially since I am living in a season that I prayed for.
This is why I will always say retreats are important and they are necessary. We need retreats. I’m not saying that God couldn’t have said this same exact thing to me in a different way, if I wasn’t at retreat this past year. I’m saying that I might have not had the right listening ears if I wasn’t at retreat. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to get away from the everyday. We get so caught up in our every day and our to-do lists and that is why retreats are important. At retreat I don’t have a to-do list. I have sessions to go to and notes to take and next to no responsibilities. I get to enjoy being in a beautiful place, surrounded by women who love Jesus. I get to enjoy learning more about my creator and his plans for my life. At retreat, I get to just enjoy.