2 a: an interruption in time or continuity : break ; especially : a period when something (as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted
I am leaving in about six hours to go on a retreat. Words can't fully describe how much my spirit needs to retreat from daily life right now. I am eagerly anticipating several hours of silence, solitude and listening on Saturday. While I had initially planned to bring the computer along with me in case I want to write, I've decided I need a retreat (albeit a short one) from blogging as well. I have tried in recent months to either blog, journal or write creatively every day. I am certain I will spend portions of the next few days writing, but I want to do so without a keyboard. I want the scratch of my pen on lined paper and the open page waiting for my words to fill it - or not fill it. I am trying not to pack expectations in my suitcase to take with me, but leave them lying on my pillow as I go.
I found last year that what I think I will learn in advance of this retreat may be far different from what God wants to show me. I knew I would have two hours of solitude last year and thought, "God and I can talk about this." Instead, he had something totally different to reveal to me. So this year, I've been praying that my heart would be prepared to listen. I don't have an agenda, other than to be still and quiet and open.