When ninja characters, like Naruto, “power-up,” they often do so after an extended time away from their typical world. There’s simply something about being able to be away from the hustle and bustle and focus one one thing for an extended period of time. No distractions, no stress, just you, nature, and your mission.
Besides for building awesome ninja skills, retreats can be great spiritually. If you open your heart, the time can be great for spiritual growth.
This weekend, I”m headed on a retreat with my family. It isn’t solitary, like it can be for many, but rather one with my church. I’m excited not only for me, for the opportunity my family will have to grow closer to God.
But even if you don’t have such an opportunity where you are, consider the purpose of a retreat (at least in terms of Christianity) – to grow in your faith. When I get home, I need to put the lessons I learned into practice, and there’s no better practice in this faith to have than to pray.
If you’re a Christian, how has your prayer life been? Perhaps you can take this time to pray and try to commit to doing it more often (I know this is something I need to do).
If you’re not a Christian, perhaps you can take this time to pray to the unknown God, asking Him if He’ll reveal Himself to you. You may be surprised.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone (and a great Spring Break for those of you about to take one)!