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Retreat

No, no, the British aren’t coming, relax, Revere.  I’m talking about rest, not running from an enemy.
I landed safe and sound in HK, crashed gloriously, and woke up at 5:30 a.m. ready to take over the world.  I really wish I was able to do this every morning, but sadly, the early morning productivity shenanigans taper off within a month or so.  5:30 a.m. turns into more like 8:30 a.m. I digress.
After a few e-mails, some reading, and a mediocre cup of  coffee, the GCM team headed to an outlying island retreat center near Hong Kong.  Sadly this hour boat excursion marked the beginning of an end, well, kind of.  June 2 marks the last time our team would be together – all of us, in Hong Kong.  Passion is June 5, but after that, team members are heading to the states, some for good, some for a visit, so we had to… retreat.  We had to create space and time for this…retreat.  The Lord has been so good this past year, even in the midst of crazy life circumstances and frustrations, He remains faithful.
There’s really something special about intentional retreat.  And no, I’m not saying you have to fly to Hong Kong and take an hour boat ride to achieve this.  We sat around our living room at the retreat center and shared.  We shared the good, the weighty, frustrations, the peaks, and valleys.  There is something so special about this community I’m apart of.  They make life’s tough decisions more bearable and I’m reminded of the catastrophic effects on the human condition when one is starved from an open hear and an understanding heart.
Do you have this?  Do you seek this community?
Maybe it’s step one- actual retreat, rest and intentional “unplugging.”  How hard is this in today’s hyper-connectivity, though?  It definitely takes some effort, but trust me, if you are willing to make an effort, trusting in vulnerability and honest confession, your soul will be renewed.  You will experience REAL life and direction and purpose.  Doubts subside and seem less constraining as you lift your eyes off yourself and onto someone bigger.
The kingdom of heaven is like a hidden treasure, so perhaps authentic community is the boat.

I  am so thankful for higher ground and renewed perspective.
Maybe I am talking about running/combating the enemy…

3 Comments

  1. becky
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm | #

    Well said Zach! Much love and prayers to you in your new journey/career. love, Becky

  2. melissa
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 10:04 am | #

    love these words Zach! Thank you for this reminder….xo xo

  3. melissa
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 3:47 am | #

    time for a new post!!!;-)

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