Coming Down from a Spiritual High
This past weekend, I was blessed to attend a Girl’s Beach Weekend at the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. It wasn’t your typical Girls Weekend with bathing suits and bottles of wine. It also included Bible teaching. Zoe Elmore shared the Word while 100 women of different denominations gathered eagerly to hear her Jesus-filled mom stories and testimonies of having a relationship with Jesus.
It was definitely a spiritual high for my tired soul. It was the first weekend in 5 years since I’ve been away from my children, and also the first time since I had been away from my 4-year-old son. I felt like I was running on fumes when I arrived at the retreat. I truly understood why Jesus took time away from the disciples to pray and spend time with God. He was refueling his soul. Luke 5:16 says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Throughout the New Testament you see this theme where Jesus gets overwhelmed by his work of healing, spreading the Gospel, and preparing for his death. Luke 22:41-42, “He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed. ‘Father, if you are willing take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.'”
While Jesus withdrew from the masses of people and his disciples, I felt my withdrawing was from housework and taking care of children. It was a time to come together with other women to share our hearts. I came to the retreat knowing several of the women present, but two of my roommates were new friends. I enjoyed hearing their testimonies and prayer requests. It’s such a sweetness meeting new friends and finding you have many similarities.
We came into the retreat as Beach Besties, but Zoe started referring to everyone as sweet Jesus girls, and I gravitated toward this term as we grew closer to Jesus. Our small group bonded in our beach walk and the nights we sat on our beds in our pj’s drinking wine and telling our mom stories.
During the last session, Zoe had us write our baggage (problems) on a piece of paper and drop them in a basket to signify leaving our problems at the cross. She said after the retreat she would read each piece of paper and pray that our baggage would remain at the foot of the cross. Her investment in our group warmed my heart. She didn’t really know us, but she did know the power of God.
I left my baggage at the foot of the cross and a time of relaxing at the beach, but I didn’t want to leave my spiritual high and renewed faith there as well. I wanted my closeness to God and passion for Jesus to continue when I returned home. It reminded me of when Jesus returned to heaven. Acts 1:8-9, “‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ After He said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.”
I felt like the disciples. I had just been handed a promise of power and the great commission, but as I turned away from the bright teal walls and the golden arrow inspiring us to Go; I felt like a cloud had moved over my eyes and I was fighting to see His power again.
I begin to ponder what the disciples did when the angels told them to stop looking at the sky (Acts 1:11). What pushed them to spread the gospel and boldly tell people about the love and salvation found in Jesus.
Here’s what I found:
- Prayed: Acts 1:14, “They all joined together constantly in prayer…”
- Promised: Matthew 28:20, “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Praised: Luke 24:52-53, “Then they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
I’m not going to come down from this spiritual high. I’m living His promise, praying and praising Jesus!