When I served in Vietnam (1968-69), I was sent on a time of “R & R” (Rest and Recuperation). It was necessary to avoid what they call “battle fatigue.” The soldier leaves the field of battle temporarily, to rest and restore the mind, body and soul.
The Bible calls us to times of Spiritual R&R (Repent & Refresh). That is what happens in revival:
“Jesus said, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.” – Mark 6:31
Peter said, “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;” -Acts 3:19
Isaiah, “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’ But you were unwilling,” – Isaiah 30:15
God’s word teaches me that “times of refreshing” come from God when I “willingly” step away from the battle and travel deep into renewal territory. Some call this a directed retreat. It is a time set aside intentionally to sit before God with an open Bible, an open mind and heart and listen to him. To repent of anything that interrupts my relationship with him and be quiet before him.
I never know when God might lead me into a Spiritual R&R, or for how long I might be in such an R&R. It has been at least a year since my last one. It was about ten days to two weeks long .
About a month ago some dear friends invited us to the Texas Hill Country for a stay with them. Then, a week ago, God spoke to me and said, “Son, I want you to step away and refocus on me.”
I said, “Yes, Sir.”
So, the exhortation and the opportunity to step away for a Spiritual R&R have led me to do just that.
I am writing so you will know that This BLOG will be silent for a period. But be assured, this prayer sentry may be absent from this prayer post, but not absent from the war. I will look forward to returning as soon as God gives me leave to do so.