Retreat as a Stance
Blah,blah, blah. Rest, refuge, retreat. Haha. Am I a broken record? Gosh, I hope so! Walking in rest, refuge and retreat will give you more freedom than you ever thought was possible. It’ll allow you to be rid of needing validation in the wrong places, getting heartbroken because someone didn’t trust your character, or even getting caught up in the daily grind and forgetting what your life is truly about.
Retreat as a posture is my favorite. Let’s look at the simple definition before we dive into this concept. Thanks again to Merriam-Webster, we can lay out our foundation.
1. (1) : an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable
(2) : the process of receding from a position or state attained
2. a place of privacy or safety : refuge
3. a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director
Now number 1 is not necessarily a healthy posture or place to live, so let’s move on and focus on 2 and 3. Retreat as privacy, safety, and instruction. This is a strong place to operate from. It’s a free place. It’s a fresh place. It’s the kind of place that releases burdens, tensions, loneliness and uncertainty. This is one of the most powerful aspects to a restful posture, because it’s the place where you are guided.
When we operate out of a place of retreat, we operate out of a place of peace, endurance, strength and conviction. We have this sense of purpose and belonging. And we are moved by it. Moved into action, into response, into awareness. We engage with that needs to be done, and see what’s missing in the world around us. We are better parents, teachers, listeners, siblings, spouses, children, strangers and friends. We are not relying on our own ability or our own guidance to get through this day, week, year, or even life. We are focused on boundaries (privacy & safety) and intention (guidance).
Having a place just for you to be able to find healing, wholeness, peace, love and mercy safely, is the beginning of walking in deliverance. When we lean into the Spirit, we allow personal growth and comfort to dismantle the brokenness of our lives. We can get in the dirt with people, and walk alongside them, without losing ourselves or exhausting our souls. We can live the life we were created to live, in community and harmony!
This doesn’t meant that you’ll never have a tiff or a falling out or even an offense (hello, to every day of my life). It just means that when those come up, they will not be without purpose, and you will not be broken because of them. You will walk in strength fulfilling your purpose every step of the way.
So today, as you ponder your place of retreat, remember to take it with you. If you stand in it, you will never be without the safety and guidance you need to conquer every single thing that’s in front of you. Take a deep breath, friend, and retreat today. You’re worth it.