Do You Need A Getaway?
By Drenda Keesee
I just need to get away.
Have you thought that today? This week? All week?
Living in a multi-faceted, high-tech, high-demand world takes a toll. We’re under pressure in nearly every area of life, and the desire to get away, or escape, has become the cry from people looking for rest and a way to reconnect with God, with their loved ones, and with themselves.
The desire to escape pressure has always existed. Even David, in Psalm 55:5-8 said,“Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, ‘Oh that I had wings like a dove!’ for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.”
David wanted to get away.
He needed a break.
We all need breaks—ones that are long enough to allow us to regain our focus, to stretch our ability to handle pressure…to see the why behind the what.
We can get so busy running and doing that we lose grasp of the why.
We get so busy doing that we cease being.
When my husband, Gary, and I started to pastor (more than 20 years ago), a wise pastor advised…
…us to pull away for a little break each quarter, and for a significant break once a year. Otherwise, he said we’d start to feel like we were on a merry-go-round and would lose sight of our “why.”
It was great advice.
We found we had to get away to a quiet place, especially after periods of intense work and pressure, or we’d start to be no good for ourselves, let alone others.
Years later, when we first began our television ministry, we had also just made a commitment to a huge building project for our growing ministry. Even though our church was all in to help carry out the project, we personally felt the immense pressure of making the commitment and seeing it through. At the same time, God had spoken to us about starting a television program and confirmed it in so many ways that we didn’t’ dare say no.
We were being pressed on all sides—having decisions to make about the building, about television time slots, contract negotiations, and other business dealings.
We needed a break to hear God’s voice.
We needed a getaway. So, on the spur of the moment after a Sunday service, we jumped in the van with our family and headed west.
The drive was a welcome break from the demands and pressures weighing on us. We ended our journey in Colorado at a national park where we camped for three days as a family, and reconnected with each other, with prayer, and with God.
At the end of the three days, we had clearly heard God’s voice, and we had confirmation on what we needed to do. Pulling away from the daily demands, and the fears and uncertainties, had helped us make a better decision.
Jesus understood this principle, too. He pulled away to a quiet place to seek God and be renewed, and He taught His disciples to do the same. In Mark 6, the disciples gathered around Jesus and told Him the things they had done and taught, and Jesus said, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for awhile.”
Our bodies and minds need periods of rest and a feeling of reward for our work. Spiritually, we get dull if we can’t pull away to, “Be still and know that He is God.”
Retreating and reconnecting is more than just a vacation.
We need to enter into God’s rest by faith and learn to work WITH God so that we’re doing so by grace instead of striving. The enemy likes to get us so bogged down with pressure, and our minds so burdened that we can’t hear His voice. If we don’t retreat to a quiet place, we can make bad decisions, and hinder the advancement of all we can be and accomplish with God.
Summer is here! Plan a getaway with your family.
There are plenty of things you can do even if you’re on a tight budget. Trust me, I’ve been there. Just take the time. You won’t regret it.
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Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.
A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.
Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.
Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage and family. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.
Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.
That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.
She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.