This is a guest post by Mark Batchelder
Just recently I was fortunate enough to enjoy some time off to rest my body, mind and Spirit. It is a yearly retreat, my own version of Spring Break a time I jokingly refer to as "voluntary solitary confinement". It had it's beginnings in the time spent wilderness camping with my Kayak in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. There for the first time in a long time I experienced God's peace in the beauty of this tranquil setting. After some time in the beauty and the silence things begin to settle down and thoughts become clear. To me it is like one of those Christmas globes with the fake snow suspended in liquid, you shake them up to make it snow but if you set them down the sediment gradually floats down to the bottom and the globe becomes clear again. Most of us are living our lives with our sediment always shaken up and never have or create the time to let things settle and clear out. Jesus we are told had a need to retreat and be alone often to a remote place to pray. In today's world with our busy lifestyles we need more than ever to make it a personal priority to set aside some time to follow His example.
New International Version (NIV)
23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,