Anyone else out there feeling a longing for some peace and quiet in life?
We have our men’s retreat at Twin Pines coming up in a month, and I’m really looking forward to getting away. Up to the mountains. Last year we devoted time at the retreat for personal prayer. I decided to pray while I hiked to the top of a ridge. It was a blue skies kind of day where you could see for miles. I hardly ever get that kind of time alone.
I know that it is a longing I’ve been feeling personally for a number of months now. A young man in our congregation decided to take a few months to hike the Appalachian Trail after graduating from high school. As I look at his regular updates and pictures, I’m jealous.
The peace and quiet of nature beckons. Last year my third son and I read a series of books known by the name of the first book, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. 13 year old Brian Paulsen, surviving a plane crash, is stranded in the Canadian wilderness, and must learn to live with just a hatchet. As we read, we were spellbound by life in the wild. Through the series, even though Brian is rescued and returns home, nature beckons. He must return, and he does time and time again.
Nature’s call to us is so appealing because our day-to-day lives tend to be a harried, frenetic. How many of you feel pressure from work, from school, from family, and yes, from church? I know I do. How often have you thought, “There’s not enough time?” Or “I need to work more so I can make more money to pay the bills” but you know you’re already stressed out. The solution is complex, but you know you need to get away. Maybe you’ve got some vacation days to use or lose.
And so you make plans. A day off, a weekend away on a retreat, a vacation. You search online. You invite family and friends. You share details, book hotels, trade text messages and emails as the excitement builds. Finally the day arrives, and you’re packing the car, gassing it up, getting everyone out the door…and your boss calls. There’s an urgent need at work. Really urgent. You know the feeling.
How do you react when you’ve got a day off planned, and something comes up at work and you have to cancel your plans?
Do you ever feel irritated? Do you ever just wish for some peace and quiet?
Jesus was looking for some peace and quiet one day. In fact he got his plans set. He wanted some time with the disciples. They had just come back from their first ever mission trip, and Jesus wanted to take them on a retreat. They headed off for a town 6 miles away, but one that was somewhat isolated. Ah yes, some vacation. Some time to revel in the peace and quiet. Time to talk about their trip.
Guess what happens? That’s what we’ll find out tomorrow. Faith Church will hold another Worship in the Park, and we invite you to come along. We meet in the middle pavilion of East Lampeter Community Park on Hobson Road. If you’d like, you can check out Luke 9:10-17 ahead of time.