For the last few days I have been off of work. I decided to take a few vacation days last week and Monday was a holiday for our office. For weeks now I have dealt with what seems like constant headaches. And I have just a feeling of not being myself. Feels as if I walking through a fog each day. Thinking perhaps this bit of dis-ease was caused by stress I took two days off and off I went Thursday to find a safe place to breath from the normal hustle and bustle of life.
It’s in this quiet place that I found myself attempting to cast away my troubles. Armed with a few books, a Bible, notebook and colored pencils I set out to release my troubles and hear the Master speak. However, unlike the flow of water tides, I found that my well of words had run dry. Instead I doodled with my colored pencil (now I’m no artist) offering it as my heart’s cry. Have you ever thought of praying through doodles? I had not until I came across a book titled Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God by Sybil MacBeth some time ago.
She offers a fresh approach to prayer. It’s perfect for those moments when you can’t find the words to say.
It was nice to sit quietly at peace watching the water, sitting listening, and doodling. And there among the quiet ripples of the water, I found solace. In that moment I had no tasks to carry out and no thoughts of what was on my to do list. I knew it was not a place I could stay forever but that breathing space was needed and much welcomed. My headaches are back (probably related to sinus) but I would love to be free of this pain. By the time this post publishes, I’ll be back at my work desk. And when I can’t steal away to the water side may His peace permeate within me.
Where are your favorite places to find retreat and solace?