Cindy Grasso

Retreat to Advance

Years ago I ran away to a small cabin tucked in South Lake Tahoe, California for a couple of days. I was bone-deep tired and the event I was supposed to speak at had been postponed.  So I ran away.  I retreated. This tiny cabin was tucked into the corner of a Christian campground and surrounded by snow-dusted pine trees. I trudged through the small snow bank that led to the covered patio and front door. A wooden sign that said “Retreat” greeted me on the barn’s red wall.

The word retreat is first and foremost a military term. It means to get off the battlefield, to quit fighting, back out and regroup. The point of retreating is to advance. You must retreat to rest, get recharged and refocused so that you can go forward to grow, to gain territory, authority and move forward in your life with God.

Psalm 119:114 says, “You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.” 

While I was there, I was reminded that my place of quiet retreat is not a place, but a relationship. My retreat is my relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son. This precious relationship is with me wherever I am and goes with me wherever I go. It is in Him that I find the quiet retreat I am craving, the refreshing that I need, the word of life that invigorates my soul.

God wants to be your place of quiet retreat today and Jesus sacrificed all to give you the key. Whether you are in a small snow-covered cabin in the mountains, a quiet office or driving an hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to an appointment, you can retreat to advance. 

My friend, run to Jesus to find your quiet place of retreat and allow His Word to renew your soul today.

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