I’m a Christian and every now and then I like to get away and retreat into the countryside and spend a bit of time just being with my creator. So when the opportunity came up to join my friends house group on their retreat to a farm in Ilkley I couldn’t say no. Millie and I took our hammocks as planned and set them up next to a nearby brook. I spent the rest of the day walking, praying, reading, waiting, reviving and restoring my soul in solitude and silence before eating with everyone else beneath the gradually appearing stars beside the chiminea.
We had trouble finding where we’d set up out hammocks initially as it was so dark beneath the trees. I slept so well, better than I would in my normal bed granted it was more like glammocking (the hammock version of glamping) considering I had a hot water bottle blanket and pillow but we were still outside in the cold. I awoke feeling refreshed and renewed with a deep sense that no matter what chaos ensues from my life decisions somehow its all working out for good and its going to be OK, I’m going to be OK.
One of the definitions of retreat is “to withdraw from enemy forces as a result of their superior power or after a defeat.” I wonder what your enemy forces are? I wonder if you feel defeated or if you feel like life is too much and everything is getting on top of you? If so you may need find a retreat – “a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax“