Learning to withdraw when connection is critical
Yesterday I took a few hours to withdraw. I still struggle with taking time for myself. I feel guilty. I feel like I should be working. I know that at best the guilt is the result of years of unhealthy work habits. At worst, it is my ego thinking that if I don’t work somehow things will come apart.
But learning to withdraw is vitally important to success, especially in a day when connection is considered critical.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Luke 5:16, NIV
In fact, if you search the word “withdraw” in the gospels you will find it used many more times in reference to Him. And who was more connected than Jesus? He invested himself in a short-term ministry that changed the world. Yet in those three short years he developed a reputation for withdrawing. Often.
Could it be that we are made to need withdrawal? Could the Sabbath principle in the Law of Moses be more than just a way to set Israel apart? Might we be physically created to fail without rest as a constant reminder of our need to renew? Is it possible that your efforts with withdrawal could exceed those without it?
Take some time and consider that. In fact, take all the time you need. And while you are at it, say a prayer or two.