November 2006 I went on my 1st overnight retreat. What was I going to do with just myself for 24 hours?! That was the beginning of God wanting me to carve out a day so He could just talk to me uninterrupted.
It took me another 7 years before I would head back to Well of Mercy. Why did I wait so long? I guess I had to run myself down enough to realize that I couldn’t continue as I was going. At this point I was 1 1/2 years into running The Marketplace AND being the Director of Finance at a large church. It was 2 full time jobs, 7 days a week, 15 hour days. I was at the end of myself and had to step away for a day. God met me at the Well and asked me, “What are your dreams?” He laid the groundwork which would eventually lead to me quitting my job and taking The Marketplace out on my own.
Each year I try to be intentional and head to Well of Mercy. Most of the time I am hobbling there from sheer exhaustion. Each and every time God meets me there, refreshes my soul, and asks me the same question, “What are your dreams?” I take my journal and God and I start dreaming. He often asks me to dream without borders. Don’t worry about resources. He owns it all. Just dream. I walk away from the Well refreshed with a new sense of joy.
It’s crazy the minute I drive onto the property, it feels as if a weight has been lifted off of me. I feel I can breathe deeper and slow down. It’s me, God, and my journal. I power down all of my electronics and no one has access to me for 24 hours. I don’t know about you but the last 1 1/2 has been exhausting. My soul is weary and I am finally taking time to step away and head to the Well at the end of May.
I am so thankful that I have this special place, where I can tap out, just rest and dream with God. Do you have a special place where you can just be and not perform? Is your soul exhausted and you just need some rest? It’s time to get away, just you and God. Let Him speak to your heart and uncover a hidden dream.