Friday, November 16, 2012

Take Time to Rest

Matthew 14:13 "When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place."

It is okay to withdraw to a quiet place to renew your spirit when life weighs heavily on your shoulders. Jesus did.

Let's face it. We all have bad days. Especially writers. The words aren't flowing, the ideas have dried up, and we begin to worry that we'll never be able to write another book, story, or article.

Exhaustion doesn't have to be just physical. It can also be mental. During these times, we need to withdraw to a solitary place. Take a walk. Take a nap. Watch a movie. Read a book. Sometimes all we need is a break to come back with a fresh outlook.

Matthew 3:18 "As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen."

Jesus walked. I imagine He used this time to talk to His Father. To take deep cleansing breaths of fresh air. To exercise.

A short walk outdoors, or on a treadmill, can do wonders for clearing the cobwebs from our brains.

After Jesus returned from his solitary place on the lake, He returned to business.

Matthew 14:13-14 "When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick."

1 comment:

Sharon A. Lavy said...

This is so true. I just finished a major edit. I felt like I was literally wrestling with the manuscript. After letting it set I was able to go over the first three chapters again and tweak them a bit more.

I feel like this wip is finally heading in the correct direction.

Thanks for these devotions for writers, Carol. I look forward to them.