Getting back in tune

Instruments need tune ups. Pianos fall out of key, and guitars go out of tune.

Well, guess what. Every once in a while, people need tune-ups too.

One of the ways to do that is through a spiritual retreat or time-out.

I’m not talking about a conference, workshop, or road trip. What I’m talking about is a time that is set apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life to be with God, sleep and pray.

It can even be as short as a day or two.

A few years ago I was feeling particularly tired. Plus, I had some big decisions to make. But since I was tired, I knew I wasn’t at my best. And because I was busy, I knew I wasn’t consulting God to the extent that I knew I should.

I had fallen out of tune.

So I went to a family cabin for a few days by myself. I prayed, read my Bible, fasted, and got tonnes of sleep.

I came back stronger, more alert, and more “in tune” with God.

Psalm 119:15 says, “I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.” The word “meditate” is like “ponder.” It’s the opposite of rushed scurrying. It’s about taking the time you need to get back in tune.

Are you tired, busy, and out-of-sync? Maybe you need a spiritual retreat or time-out.

Take the time you need to get back in tune. 

By Matthew Ruttan

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