Change Leads to Retreat
I was heading on a four day prayer retreat with one of my very good girlfriends.
We needed this time away from deadlines.
Away from phones and computers.
Away from reality.
We both have big change coming in our lives. Major change.
We were going on this prayer retreat to have time alone with God. We knew we needed to pray up for what would be ahead of us in our lives over the next few months.
if we deliberately took time to be with God,
if we were silent,
if we listened,
if we prayed,
if we anticipated his presence,
we knew he would show up in a mighty way.
We knew he would speak to us.
We knew he would guide us.
We knew he would love us.
We Knew We Had To Stop. God Had Something There For Us.
On the way to Pismo Beach for our retreat, we stopped at the San Miguel Mission. We needed to stop there. It has always been one of my favorite Missions. (I have been to all but one of the California Missions!) During our drive towards Pismo Beach, I kept thinking about stopping at this mission. Our timing would be close to closing time. I kept praying that the traffic wouldn’t be bad so we could make it to the mission before it closed. Prayers answered. We arrived ten minutes before the mission closed!
Listen to This!
The sweet lady in the gift shop told us to hurry to the church if we wanted to see it. My friend and I hurried to the church. We looked around and, of course, I began taking lots of pictures. I was in the back of the church when my friend said, “Listen to this.”
God Leaves Us A Message
She began to read the prayer that was written on a piece of paper on a little old wooden table by the big Mission doors.
The prayer was titled, “Let Your God Love You!”
Let your God love you!
Let your God love you!!!
The prayer said,
“Let your God love you.
Before your God.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
He knows and understands.
He loves you with an enormous love.
Wanting only to look upon you with love.
Let your God love you.”
Wow! Wow! Wow!
Those words were the reason we needed to stop at that church
I knew that when we stopped at the church that there would be something special there for my friend and I. I had no idea what it would be. I thought maybe we would be called to pray words that God would give us. I didn’t know he would give us the words written out on a piece of paper to read.
What was totally amazing about this prayer on this paper is my friend had to move many other papers to get to it. What made her move the other papers? She just felt like she had to look at all the papers on that table.
God Is Working On Us, With Us, In Us!
When my friend read that prayer, I began to tear up. God was already working on us, with us, in us. God already had our whole retreat completely laid out for us. God was in control. We were obedient by giving of our time, our heart, our minds, our love, and our willingness to do what God wanted. We were open to listen and learn from our Lord, our Saviour, our God, our Father. We knew the only way to get through the tribulations that would be ahead of us was to pray up and have God leading our way.
God is amazing!
God is amazingly, unbelievably, incredibly glorious!
This would be the theme of our retreat. “Let your God love you.”
We knew this message was for us from our God. He would be here over the next few days with us and he would speak with us, teach us, give us redemption, show his glory, and love us every step of the way.
Our God loves us!
Our God is with us!
All he ask, is that we be silent, be still, and empty our minds so that we may be close with him.
We were obedient children. We were taking our precious time to be with the Lord and oh how the Lord rejoiced with us.
Our retreat was full of blessings and God’s presence. It was a beautiful, remarkable, memorable time with our magnificent Lord.